Court summons Marans in Aircel-Maxis case

Court summons Marans  in Aircel-Maxis case

A CBI special court on Wednesday summoned former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran as accused in the Aircel-Maxis case on March 2, 2015 after finding “incriminating material” to proceed against them.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini also summoned six others, including Malaysia-based Maxis promoter T Ananda Krishnan and top executive of Maxis group company Augustus Ralph Marshall, after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed by CBI on August 29. 

“I have carefully gone through the copy of the FIR, charge sheet, statement of witnesses and related documents comprised in the voluminous record of the case. On the perusal of the record, I am satisfied that there is enough incriminating material on record to proceed against the accused. Accordingly, I take cognizance of the case,” the special judge said.

The court set the date in March after agreeing with the request of senior public prosecutor K K Goel that the authorities need at least four months for effecting the service of summonses on accused who are residing in different countries. Five of the eight accused reside in Malaysia, Mauritius and United Kingdom while three are based in Chennai.

“In view of the nature of the case, the prosecution is directed to take up the service of process on the accused person in right earnest and to endeavour to ensure that the court process qua each accused is returned to the court at least a week before the date fixed,” the court said. 

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