A special 2G court on Saturday issued open warrants of arrest against Malaysian nationals T Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall, who are accused in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. The two have been charged in the case along with former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran.
Special Judge O P Saini also ordered that the trial against Maran brothers and two accused companies be segregated from that of those based in Malaysia — Krishnan, Marshall, and two firms, Astro All Asia Network PLC and Maxis Communication Berhad — saying their appearance may take a long time leading to a delay in proceedings.
“Miscellaneous file be opened relating these four accused, who are yet to be served. It is further ordered that an open and perpetual warrant of arrest be issued against Marshall and Krishnan,” the court said.
The court’s order came on CBI’s plea, which had on August 1 sought issuance of arrest warrants against both the foreign nationals, stating that the summons issued to them could not be served.
Chargesheet filed The CBI had filed the chargesheet against the eight accused for offences punishable under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
In the 27-page order, the court noted that the allegations against the accused were “serious” and the only way left was to approach the Interpol for which issuance of warrant was necessary. “They (Marshall and Krishnan) could not be served with the summons through the normal course by resorting to Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty between the two countries. “Malaysian authorities have categorically declined to effect the service. In such a situation, the only way left is to approach the Interpol and for that issue of warrant is necessary...