Aircel-Maxis case: Court reserves order on arrest warrants against two Malaysian accused

CBI which had approached the court seeking arrest warrants, told special judge that the investigating agency would seek a red corner notice against the accused after arrest warrants had been issued


The court is likely to pass its order on issue of arrest warrants on 24 September. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
The court is likely to pass its order on issue of arrest warrants on 24 September. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: A special CBI court on Wednesday reserved its order on the issue of arrest warrants against two Malaysian nationals and two companies—Maxis Communication Berhad and Astro All Asia Network Plc—accused in the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.

CBI which had approached the court seeking arrest warrants, told special judge, O.P Saini that the investigating agency would seek a red corner notice against the accused after arrest warrants had been issued.

They had earlier explained the reason for arrest warrants and told the court that summons had not been served on the accused and all options to summon them had been exhausted.

The accused included Malaysian business tycoon T. Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Augustus Ralph Marshall and four companies—Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd (SDTPL), Maxis Communication Berhad, South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd and Astro All Asia Network.

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Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran, Kalanithi’s wife Kavery Kalanithi, managing director of South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) K. Shanmugam, and companies SAFL and SDTPL were among those summoned by the court as accused.

It was held that based on the chargesheet filed by the enforcement directorate (ED), there was incriminating evidence to proceed against the accused.

The ED claimed that Kalanithi Maran was controlling both SDTPL and SAFL, where the money was pumped in through Mauritius-based companies.

Proceeds of the crime, amounting to Rs.549.03 crore and Rs.193.55 crore, were allegedly received by SDTPL and SAFL, respectively, through Mauritius-based entities.

On 17 September, the special CBI court had held that it had jurisdiction to hear the case while rejecting Marans’ challenge to its jurisdiction by classifying the case as a non-2G case.

The court is likely to pass its order on issue of arrest warrants on 24 September.

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