Ex-Secretary too accuses Dayanidhi Maran in 2G scam

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Dayanidhi Maran
New Delhi, Jul 6: Dayanidhi Maran, the ex-Telecom Minister aimed at Aircel so that his brother's company benefits, said Nripendra Mishra, Maran's former telecom Secretary.

Mishra, a key eye witness in the Aircel Max deal case for the CBI also said that Maran knowingly delayed granting licenses to Shivasankaran, owner of Aircel.

Sources reveal that Maran's brother Kalanidhi's SUN TV received a benefit of Rs 750 crore because of Maran's plans.

According to several media reports, Maran allegedly forced C Sivasankaran, owner of Aircel, to sell the telecom company to Maran's Malaysia-based friend T Ananda Krishnan in 2006. Even Shivshankaran in a testimony to the CBI admitted that Maran forced him to sell his stakes in Aircel, so that Maran's brother would benefit.

Reports also said that Maran, during his tenure as Communication Minister in UPA I government, issued spectrum licenses to Astro, a sister company of Maxis, soon after it purchased stake in Sun TV, which is owned by Maran's brother Kalanidhi Maran and family.

Overhauling all allegations against him, Maran had said, "I have never had to force anyone to do business or to sell the business. And moreover, let me tell you, if someone feels forced, they could have always gone to the court."

Opposition parties have already raised their voice against the DMK leader and demanded his resignation.

In her meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on Jun 14 had hinted that she would join UPA government if Maran resigned.

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