New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is all set to question Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection with spectrum allocation to operator Aircel during his tenure as the telecom minister in UPA-I.
The development came after former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran told CBI that he was “arm-twisted” by Maran to sell his stake in Aircel to Maxis. Sivasankaran had provided details of merchant bankers, lawyers and the attorney who were part of the Aircel-Maxis deal, CBI sources said.
CBI sources also informed that the agency is presently looking into financial transactions of Sun TV, owned by Maran family, and Malaysia-based Maxis. It is probing various aspects of takeover of Aircel by Maxis group, they said.
"CBI has already registered a preliminary enquiry on issues in 2G spectrum allocation in the period 2001-07 and is actively looking into the matter," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said.
According to laid down procedure, CBI registers a Preliminary Enquiry upon receiving any complaint and when anything substantial is discovered this enquiry is converted into a Regular Case.
“We will approach Maran at the right time,” sources inside CBI indicated earlier.
The agency had sent a ‘fact report’ to the Prime Minister’s Office and DoPT with details on Maran’s case.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted that a probe was on against Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran over corruption charges and asked investigators not to show "fear or favour".
Maran`s role came under the scanner after a news magazine questioned the circumstances in which Aircel won the license in 2007.