Aircel case: all eyes now on SC

Aircel case: all eyes now on SC
After a special CBI court discharged former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal cases, all eyes are now on the Supreme Court. On Friday, the apex court will hear a plea relating to the move to sell stakes in Aircel.

On January 6, a bench presided over by Chief Justice J S Khehar had proposed to restrain M/s Aircel from using spectrum licence granted to it in 2006 if its owner, Malaysia-based Maxis’ promoter, failed to appear before the court in the proceedings launched in connection with the 2G spectrum case here.

The court had then also asked the Centre to devise ways to transfer the firm’s licence to some other companies if Aircel’s owners continued to maintain intransigence. Observing that no one can defeat the process of law, the apex court had then taken a serious view of the repeated failure of T Ananda Krishnan (Maxis owner) to appear before the special court.

The Supreme Court had said if Krishnan and Ralph Marshall of Maxis failed to appear before the trial court within two weeks, the 2G licences granted to Aircel shall be seized. Meanwhile, the CBI and Enforcement Directorate, along with NGO CPIL, may approach the apex court challenging the trial court’s order.

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