2G scam: FIR against Maran soon, CBI tells SC

CBI told the Supreme Court that it has got evidence against DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran in 2G spectrum scam and will file an FIR against him.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2011, 00:33 AM IST

New Delhi: CBI on Wednesday told the Supreme Court
that it has got evidence against DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran in 2G
spectrum scam and will file an FIR against him within a couple
of days for various offences including showing "undue favour"
shown to Aircel.

The agency also said investigation against Essar Group
was still on and it will take another two weeks to complete
it.

CBI, which filed a fresh status report in a sealed cover
about the progress of the investigation, said the preliminary
inquiry on the alleged involvement of Maran in 2G scam has
been completed and letters rogatory (LR) have been dispatched
to Mauritius.

"The preliminary inquiry with regard to Maran has been
concluded and FIR has to be registered against everyone. A few
more days needed for the FIR and can be lodged by month-end,"
senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for CBI, told a
bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly.
Venugopal said there was delay in filing the third charge
sheet in the case as the investigation was still on against
Maran and Essar Group for allegedly creating a front company,
Loop Telecom, for "illegally" securing the licence for 2G
spectrum.

Essar Group has denied allegations of wrongdoing in the
scam contending Loop Telecom was not its front company and
even had got a clean chit from the Ministry of Corporate
Affairs.

Venugopal, who read the portion of the status report
about the probe on Maran`s role, said CBI has written a letter
to a particular company abroad and the follow-up will take
place.

Venugopal was referring to the probe into the sale of
Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis Group.

Maran was the Telecom Minister between May 2004 and May
2007. He was forced to resign as the Union Textiles Minister
in July this year after CBI said it was investigating a
complaint against him filed by C Sivasankaran who owned Aircel
in 2006.
The senior advocate said CBI has examined Sivasankaran
and during the probe it has been found that "undue favour" was
shown to the foreign firm and the allegation of quid pro quo
arrangement in the dealing has been probed.

"The money involved is about Rs 549 crore," he said
without reading out the details of the report on the issue.

A top executive of the Maxis group, Ralph Marshall, CEO
of Astro, which invested in Sun TV, owned by Marans, and also
a board member of Malaysia-based Maxis, was questioned this
month by CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in
spectrum allotment during the tenure Maran as Telecom
Minister.

CBI had also questioned Executive Director of Apollo
Hospital Suneeta Reddy on the alleged role of Maran in the
takeover of Aircel by Maxis.

However, when the bench wanted to know about the status
of the probe on Essar group, Venugopal said "investigation is
still on".

During the last hearing, CBI had rubbished the reports
that Maran has been given a clean chit in the scam.
CBI had on July 6 charged Maran in the Supreme Court with
"forcing" a Chennai-based telecom promoter to sell his stakes
in Aircel to Maxis in 2006.

PTI