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Dayanidhi Maran questioned by CBI in Aircel-Maxis deal

New Delhi,July 27 (): Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran has been trapped in the net of the Central Bureau of Investigation as the CBI claimed to have  possessed  maximum proof against Maran and his brother to summon them over the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal.

The former telecom minister was blamed by the CBI in connection to the allegation of having received Rs 547 crore as kickbacks from a Malaysian company in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal.

The CBI also blamed Dayanidhi of overcrowding purposely the legitimate requests of Dishnet DSL with an intention to help the Maxis to capture.

“It has come to light that the active intervention of Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran are trying to restrict business environment of Siva Group, change of ownership to M/s Maxis Communications and excessive special treatment was suspected to be for mala fide considerations,” said the CBI.

While responding a report to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), the CBI added,” An unapproved fulfillment of Rs 549, 96, 01,793 was received by Maran’s brother Kalanidhi Maran in the pretext of share premium invested in Sun Direct by M/s South Asia Entertainment that was a completely owned subsidiary of M/s Astro All Asia Networks.” However, Dayanidhi Maran denied to comment on the issue and said, “when the matter comes to parliament I shall comment on it.”

The former Minister quit his Union Textile Minister post following his name involved in the alleged scam. The CBI filed a charge-sheet against Maran, for favouring Malaysian firm Maxis over Aircel by granting telecom licences in 2004-05. Dayanidhi’s brother Kalanidhi is said to be the Managing Director of the Sun.

The former minister was questioned by the agency and his statements were recorded. Maran was earlier probed by the agency in the year 2011 when a preliminary enquiry into the case was registered but did not question or record the statement at that time, said sources.