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CBI to soon question Dayanidhi Maran

Maran will be questioned soon by CBI in connection with his alleged role in coercing C Sivasankaran to sell his stake to a Malaysia-based group.



New Delhi: Dayanidhi Maran will be
questioned soon by CBI in connection with his alleged role in
coercing former Aircel Chief C Sivasankaran to sell his stake
to a Malaysia-based group, agency sources said on Thursday.

Maran, who resigned as Textile Minister today, will be
quizzed on the allegations levelled by Sivasankaran and
spectrum policy changes made during his tenure during UPA-I,
the sources said.

A Preliminary Enquiry on the issue of spectrum
allocation during the period 2001-07 which spans across three
telecom ministers -- Pramod Mahajan, Arun Shourie and
Dayanidhi Maran-- is already underway, they said.

The agency is examining financial transactions of Sun
TV, owned by Maran family, and Malaysia-based Maxis. It is
also looking into various aspects of takeover of Aircel by
Maxis group, they said.

According to the laid down procedure, CBI registers a
PE upon receiving a complaint and when anything substantial is
discovered this enquiry is converted into a regular case.

Former telecom minister Arun Shourie, who held the
charge between 2003-04, has already been questioned by the CBI
on February 25 about the allocation of telecom airwaves during
his tenure but the agency so far has not found anything
against him, they said.

The agency has registered a PE against "unknown
persons" on Supreme Court`s directive to probe whether there
was any anomaly in `first-come-first-served` policy for
spectrum allocation.

PTI

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