Aircel-Maxis deal: Fresh trouble for Maran brothers?

As per media reports, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is receiving fresh evidence against the brothers – Kalanidhi and Dayanidhi – from Malaysia for receiving bribes to clinch the deal.

New Delhi: Information received from Malaysia in connection with CBI's probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal prima facie indicates that foreign exchange rules were allegedly violated.

CBI has received response from Malaysia regarding its judicial requests in connection with its probe in the deal.

However, CBI sources said the agency needs clarity on some points which might be referred back to the Malaysian authorities for detailed responses after which it might finalise its charge sheet in the matter.

The sources said the prima-facie information received from Malaysia indicates that Foreign Direct Investment norms were allegedly violated.

The agency is planning to file charge sheet in the case and the response from the Malaysia would help it in consolidating its probe so far.

CBI has registered the case in 2011 against Dayanidhi and Kalanithi Maran, executives of Maxis Ralph Marshall and T Anandkrishnan besides three companies for alleged graft.

CBI claimed quid-pro-quo on part of the then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran has been established during the probe. It has also been proved during the CBI probe that there is direct evidence that files of former Aircel chief Sivasankaran were deliberately delayed, sources said.

It was alleged by Sivasankaran that Maran as the then telecom minister favoured the Maxis group in the takeover of his company and in return investments were made by the company through Astro Network in Sun TV owned by the Maran family.

The allegations have been denied by Marans.