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In a big relief to former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother industrialist brother Kalanithi Maran, a special court Thursday discharged them and others in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal cases of CBI and ED saying the charges were based on “misreading of official files”, speculation and surmises of the complainant.
Special CBI Judge O P Saini had dismissed the CBI and ED’s cases against the Marans by saying there was “no prima facie case warranting framing of charge” against any of the accused.
The Enforcement Directorate(ED) moved the Supreme Court today against a trial court’s decision to discharge the Maran brothers in the Aircel -Maxis case without furnishing the bail bond properly.
Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover who was appointed as Special Public Prosecutor for all 2G spectrum related cases by the apex court said that the Special 2G Court should be directed not to accept bonds furnished by Maran brothers after their discharge in the case yesterday.The court will take up the case on February 8.
Maran was accused of forcing the Aircel owner to sell the firm to a Malaysian company which allegedly paid Maran a huge kickback.
Discharging the Maran brothers, Special Judge O P Saini had said “legally admissible evidence” was “wholly lacking” in the probe that was conducted. The CBI had alleged that the Marans received a bribe of Rs 742 crore for “coercing” C Sivasankaran to sell his telecom company Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis.
In the money laundering case probed by the ED, it was alleged that Rs 742.58 crore was paid for Dayanidhi by two Mauritius-based companies through Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd and South Asia FM Ltd, both companies owned and controlled by Kalanithi.