Aircel-Maxis case: ED moves Delhi HC against discharge order for Marans1 min read . Updated: 02 May 2017, 09:36 PM IST
ED files a revised petition in the Delhi HC challenging a discharge order which had dropped all charges against Maran brothers and other accused in the Aircel-Maxis case
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday filed a revision petition in the Delhi high court challenging a discharge order which had dropped all charges against Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi, and other accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The agency in its petition, contended that the special court had erred in its order and not considered entirely the issue of money laundering and violation of provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
On 2 February, a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court dropped all charges brought by both CBI and the Enforcement Directorate against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and others accused in the Aircel-Maxis case.
The court gave Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi and others a clean chit. It did not find them guilty of the charges made out in the chargesheet.
The Aircel-Maxis case is related to allegations that as telecom minister, Dayanidhi Maran used his influence to coerce Aircel owner, C. Sivasankaran, into parting with his stake in the company to T. Ananda Krishnan-led Maxis Communications Bhd.
This was allegedly done in lieu of investments by the Malaysian company through an arm in Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd. Dayanidhi Maran is one of the promoters of Sun Direct and was telecom minister between 2004-07.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet against the Maran brothers, Ralph Marshall, Maxis owner T. Ananda Krishnan, and four companies—Sun Direct TV, Astro All Asia Networks Plc, Maxis Communications Berhad, and South Asia Entertainment Holdings Ltd, Malaysia. Marshall was the CEO of Astro All Asia Networks.
They were charged for offences punishable under section-120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.