‘Look into coercion allegations against Marans’

CBI has sought a Delhi Police probe into allegations of coercion and blackmail leveled by former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran against the then Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran.

Updated: Jul 11, 2011, 19:51 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI has sought a Delhi Police
probe into allegations of coercion and blackmail leveled by
former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran against the then Telecom
Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his associates to "force" him to
sell his stake in the company to a Malayasia-based group.

The agency probing alleged irregularities in the
spectrum allocation between 2001-07 has recorded the statement
of Sivasankaran where he alleged that he was forced to sell
his stake in the company, CBI sources said.

He claimed that files started moving in the Telecom
Ministry only after he sold his controlling stake to Maxis,
considered close to Marans, the sources said.

CBI has suggested that allegations of coercion and
blackmail levelled by Sivasankaran should be probed by the
Delhi Police, they said.

The agency, which had placed its 71-page fresh status
report about the 2G scam before the Supreme Court recently,
said that during 2004-07 when Maran was telecom Minister, the
promoter C Sivasankaran, was forced to sell the stake in
Aircel to Maxis.

Senior Advocate KK Venugopal, who read the status
report before a bench of justice GS Singhvi and AK Ganguly,
did not take Maran`s name but stated that the Chennai
business man was not granted UAS licence for two years.

PTI