No clean chit to Maran in 2G scam: CBI tells SC

The CBI on Thursday told the Supreme Court that it had not given a clean chit to Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G spectrum allocation scam case.

New Delhi: DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran has not so far been given a clean chit in 2G scam case, CBI Thursday told
the Supreme Court and objected to the allegation that its investigation in this case is "less than honest".

"We have said that the inquiry conducted so far has not
revealed element of coercion on the part of Maran (in
connection with the sale of Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis
group). The inquiry prima facie revealed that the Malaysian firm
was in contact with the minister and his brother prior to the
takeover of the company from C Sivasankaran," senior advocate
K K Venugopal told a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and
A K Ganguly.

CBI said an impression has been created due to the
"misreporting" of the last hearing in the court by the media
that Maran has been given a clean chit in the case.

"There was misreporting and misinterpretation of the
status report(filed on September 2 in a sealed cover, the
portion of which was read out)," he said.

The agency raised strong objection to the submission made
by the NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), that
the probe has been "less than honest".

Venugopal was referring to the application filed by NGO`s
counsel Prashant Bhushan expressing doubts about the probe
done by the investigating agency saying CBI`s case would
collapse in the trial court.

"Prashant Bhushan filed an application making strong
statements against CBI. It is very unfortunate. We have
objection to the statement as we are carrying out the orders of this court," he said.
Maran was the Telecom Minister between May 2004 and May
2007. He was was forced to resign as Union Textiles Minister
in July this year after CBI said it was investigating a
complaint against him filed by Sivasankaran who owned Aircel
in 2006.

CBI maintained that during Maran`s tenure there was
"deliberate delay" to provide letter of intent to the promoter
of Aircel.

The agency said that after Aircel was sold to the Maxis
Group, investments were made by the Malaysian firm into the
family business of Marans.

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.
The agency, in its status report, had then said Maran
forced Sivasankaran to sell the stake in Aircel to the Maxis

Maran has refuted the allegations.

The report had said the Malaysian firm was allegedly
favoured by Maran and was granted licence within six months
after taking over Aircel in December 2006.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court also agreed to hear the plea for constituting a committee of expert persons for effective monitoring of the probe into 2G spectrum scam
after an NGO expressed apprehension of the case collapsing in
the trial court on the ground that CBI investigation was "less
than honest".

"We will hear you on the constitution of group of persons
to assist this court for monitoring of the probe in the
case," a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly

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