Aircel-Maxis case: Special CBI court reserves order on jurisdiction

Earlier, Delhi HC had asked that allegations to be placed before the special court designated to hear all cases related to irregularities in the 2008 2G spectrum allocation

Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: A special CBI court on Saturday reserved its order on the issue of whether it has jurisdiction to hear the Aircel-Maxis case in which former telecom minister, Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran have been summoned as accused.

This came a day later from the Delhi high court refusing to intervene in Central Bureau Of Investigation’s probe into the Aircel-Maxis deal .

On 16 March, 2015, the Maran brothers had moved separate petitions challenging the jurisdiction of special 2G court to try the Aircel-Maxis deal case.

The Aircel-Maxis case is related to allegations that then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran had forced Aircel owner C. Sivasankaran to transfer his ownership to Maxis Communications Berhad in 2006.

The Malaysian company, in return, invested in Kalanithi Maran’s Sun Direct, the direct-to-home TV arm of his Sun TV Network Ltd.

Besides the Maran brothers, T. Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall, the court had also summoned four companies—Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd, Maxis Communication Bhd, South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd and Astro All Asia Network Plc—as accused in the case.

Last month, CBI had sought issue of arrest warrants against two Malaysian nationals and two companies (Maxis Communication Berhad and Astro All Asia Network Plc) accused as summons had not been served on them.

The court is likely to pass its order on 6 September.

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