CBI to apprise Supreme Court the status of Aircel-Maxis probe
New Delhi: CBI will tell the Supreme Court next week that it is ready with its first charge sheet in the alleged irregularities in the Aircel-Maxis deal, in which former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is one of the accused, and it would be filed before the trial court soon.
CBI sources said the apex court will be apprised of the status of probe next week in which the agency might give details of the aspects which need further probe.
The sources said the court would be told that it is still awaiting information from Malayasia on the Maxis group which might be included in the supplementary charge sheet.
They said agency has gathered enough evidence to press charges against the accused in the case.
The allegations of corruption and other irregularities have been denied by Dayanidhi Maran.
The agency had sought information from the Malaysian authorities through Letters Rogatory but it did not get satisfactory details, after which the judicial requests were sent again. The reply of second LRs are still pending.
Along with Dayanidhi, the agency had also booked his brother Kalanithi Maran, Maxis owner T Ananda Krishnan, senior executive Ralph Marshall and three companies Aspro, Maxis and Sun TV in the case on charges of criminal conspiracy under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
It was alleged by former Aircel Chief C Sivasankaran that Maran had as the then Telecom Minister favoured 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.
CBI had told the Supreme Court that during Maran's tenure there was "deliberate delay" in providing letter of intent to Sivasankaran.