Aircel-Maxis deal: 'Dayanidhi Maran, bro took 550 cr bribe'

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New Delhi/Chennai, Jul 27: Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran has been cornered by the Central bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the investigative agency claimed to have got all proofs against him and his brother to indict them over the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal.

The Maran brothers received 550 crore bribe, said CBI officials who once again quizzed Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday, Jul 26. According to the CBI, illegal gratification was accepted by Dayanidhi through Kalanithi in the garb of premium share investment in family-controlled Sun Direct.

The agency also accused Dayanidhi of blocking the legitimate requests of Dishnet DSL in order to help the Maxis to takeover.

"It is prima facie revealed that the active intervention of Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran in restricting business environment of Siva Group, change of ownership to M/s Maxis Communications and undue favours post this change was for mala fide considerations," said the CBI while stating about their findings against Maran-Maxis nexus.

In a report to the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), the CBI also added, "An illegal gratification of Rs 549,96,01,793 was accepted as quid pro quo through his brother Kalanithi Maran in the garb of share premium invested in Sun Direct by M/s South Asia Entertainment Holdings which was a fully owned subsidiary of M/s Astro All Asia Networks."

However, Dayanidhi Maran refused to comment on the report submitted by CBI. "Only when a report is presented to Parliament can I comment on it," said Mr Maran.

Dayanidhi Maran had quit from the post of Union Textile Minister after his name surfaced in the scam. According to the charge-sheet filed against him, the then telecom minister allegedly favoured Malaysian firm Maxis over Aircel in granting telecom licences in 2004-05. Dayanidhi's brother Kalanithi is the MD of Sun TV.

CBI's latest allegations and reports against the Maran brothers may invite more trouble for DMK supremo Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu.

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