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8 years after Aircel- Maxis deal,CBI may chargesheet Dayanidhi Maran

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 11:02pm IST Updated: Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 11:15pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

It seems fresh trouble is brewing for DMK. According to media reports, Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi has told the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) that there is sufficient evidence to frame charges against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran in the 700 crores Aircel Maxis deal. Already in the 2G spectrum scam, law authorities have framed charges against A Raja and Kanimozhi of DMK. Now if chargesheet is filed against Dayanidhi Maran, it will further corner DMK in Tamil Nadu. 

The alleged scam was first brought in public domain by Tehelka in 2011. In November 2006, then telecom minister Maran allotted 14 telecom circle to Aircel for Rs 1399 crores. It was reported that the file regarding allotting licenses to Aircel was pending with Maran for two years.The matter only gathered speed in 2006 after Malaysian businessman T Ananda Krishnan bought 74% share of Aircel. In effect he acquired majority share in Aircel for 3390.82 crores. Months after that deal Aircel got licenses of 14 circles for 1399 crores which catapulted it to a major national player.  If CAG's estimation of possible 2G spectrum is used as yardstick,Aircel should have paid around 20,000 crores for license of 14 circles.

Just a few months after that Ananda Krishnan through one of its subsidiary company picked up 20% minority share in Sun Direct Private Limited, a company owned by the Marans for around 600 crores. CBI red flagged this deal as a possible case of quid pro quo between a top union minister and a private individual amounting to nearly 700 crores. But there was confusion regarding presence of enough evidence to implicate Dayanidhi Maran in this case. Current CBI director Ranjit Sinha felt that sufficient evidence is not present to include Maran's name in the chargesheet. However director of prosecution in CBI thought otherwise. Solicitor General refused to give his view as UPA government was in its final days at that point of time. 

Now current AG Mukul Rohatgi has expressed his candid views to the investigative agencies.Officially though Rohatgi has not commented in this matter. CBI in accordance with AG's recommendation is likely to include the name in the chargesheet and it can be the beginning of a fresh episode of embarrassment for already beleaguered Dravidian party. 

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