2G: Maran freed; Is CBI UPA's puppet? Bhushan files plea

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New Delhi, Sept 6: Prominent lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday, Sept 6 moved the Supreme Court and filed a plea against the CBI probe into 2G spectrum scam.

Accusing the CBI of not conducting proper investigation into the second generation telecom scam, Bhushan claimed, "CBI is not conducting probe in 2G case honestly." Bhushan, who is a crucial and active member of Team Anna, hurled the latest attack on the investigative agency after they (CBI) had given clean chit to former Textile Minister, Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G scam.

The CBI on Sept 1 had claimed that they have not found any coercion in granting 2G licenses in Aircel-Maxis deal issued by Maran. [Read: Who is Dayanidhi Maran?]

However, the investigative agency soon may start questioning the then Finance Minister, Jashwant Singh. The former finance minister can be investigated over his dubious role in allocating 2G licenses.

Maran allegedly forced C Sivasankaran, owner of Aircel, to sell the telecom company to Maran's Malaysia-based friend T Ananda Krishnan in 2006. The reports added 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.

Maran, the former textile minister and DMK MP, was forced to submit his resignation after he was accused in the second telecom spectrum scam which cost the nation a loss of whopping Rs 1.76 lakh crore.

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