*Maxis Communications Berhad "absolutely denies any wrongdoing" and says it will continue to co-operate in the investigations. See full press release below.
CHENNAI: India's Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) has filed a case against Malaysian tycoon and Maxis owner T. Ananda Krishnan, Maxis senior executive Ralph Marshall, former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and three companies in connection with the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal, according to Indian news reports.
Besides them, the CBI has also booked Maran's brother Kalanidhi, and three companies, Aspro, Maxis and Sun TV, in the case on charges of criminal conspiracy under IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act.
"CBI has registered a case against Maran brothers, Ralph Marshall and T Anandkrishnan and three companies under section 120b of IPC read with 13(2) with 13 (1)(d) and also section 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The case was registered on Oct 9.
Searches were conducted at Delhi and Chennai," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra was reported saying Monday.
Former Aircel chief C. Sivasankaran had alleged that Maran, as the then Telecom Minister, favoured the Maxis-group in the takeover of his company and in return investments were made by the company through Astro network in Sun TV owned by Maran family.
The CBI, in its recent status report to the Supreme Court, had said that during Maran's tenure there was "deliberate delay" to provide letter of intent to Sivasankaran.
The agency had said that after Aircel was sold to Maxis, investments were made by the Malaysian firm into the family business of Marans.
Former aides of Maran had reportedly told CBI that the processing of the files of Sivasankaran was delayed allegedly at the direction of the minister, agency sources claimed.
Maran had refuted the allegations. It was also contended that Marshall held meetings with the telecom minister between 2005 and 2006.