2G scam: Kalanidhi Maran submits financial papers to ED

2G scam: Kalanidhi Maran submits financial papers to ED

Kalanidhi Maran, elder brother of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, today submitted a set of financial documents to the Enforcement Directorate which is probing his alleged role in the Aircel-Maxis deal in the 2G spectrum allocation case.

The agency, according to sources, will now go through the documents submitted by both the brothers and may summon them for recording their statements and getting additional inputs on their role in the deal. Dayanidhi Maran had yesterday submitted a similar set of documents pertaining to personal transactions and investments and those dealing with other businesses to the agency.

Both the brothers sent their representatives for submitting the documents. The anti-money laundering summons allow an individual to present himself or send a bonafide agent on his or her behalf. The agency has registered a case against Maran brothers and others under anti-money laundering laws (Prevention of Money Laundering Act) last month pertaining to an alleged illegal gratification of about Rs 550 crore allegedly received by them in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

Dayanidhi Maran, a former Union Telecom Minister, had quit from the Cabinet last year after allegations were made that he had favoured Malaysian firm Maxis over Aircel in grant of telecom licences in 2004-05. He had denied the allegations. The ED has also recorded the statements of some other associates of Marans during its probe in the case. The CBI too is probing the role of the brothers in connection with these allegations.

The ED is also investigating the case for alleged contravention of foreign exchange rules.

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