Court summons Marans in Aircel-Maxis case

Kalanithi's wife also asked to appear before court on July 11

Court summons Marans in Aircel-Maxis case

A Delhi court on Saturday summoned former Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi and four others in a money laundering case involving the Aircel-Maxis deal.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini summoned Kalanithi’s wife Kavery Kalanithi, Managing Director of South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) K Shanmugam and two firms SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) besides the Maran brothers to appear in court on July 11.

The development came as the court took cognisance of the chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate. The court also allowed the ED to continue the ongoing investigation and file fresh complaints, if required.

The ED case arise out of a chargesheet filed by the CBI which claimed the Maran brothers received Rs 742 crore as “illegal gratification” for forcing Aircel owner C Sivasankaran to sell his telecom company to Maxis in 2006. The Enforcement Directorate has chargesheeted the six accused under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The ED claimed that “proceeds of crime” amounting to Rs 549.03 crore and Rs 193.55 crore were received by SDTPL and SAFL, allegedly controlled by co-accused Kalanithi, respectively through various Mauritius-based entities.

The prosecutor also referred to the details of money transactions between these firms and alleged that SDTPL had received Rs 549.03 crore from Mauritius-based firm M/s South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd.

The Enforcement Directorate had also claimed that Kalanithi was controlling both SDTPL and SAFL.

The ED claims that ‘proceeds of crime’ amounting to Rs 549.03 crore and Rs 193.55 crore were received by SDTPL and SAFL

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