The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi and others on a plea filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against their discharge in the Aircel-Maxis case. The High Court has fixed August 29 as the next date of hearing in the matter.
In its last hearing, the CBI had told the court that more steps were needed to be taken to secure the presence of two persons, Krishnan and Marshall, who were charge-sheeted along with Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi, in the case.
The ED had on May 3rd moved the Delhi High Court challenging the special court's order discharging Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and others in the Aircel-Maxis deal case. On February 3, the ED moved the Supreme Court against the special court's order on Aircel-Maxis case which discharged the Maran brothers and other accused without furnishing the bail bond properly. The ED also urged the apex court not to release the properties attached in the case.
The Maran brothers are accused of helping a Malaysian firm Maxis to acquire Aircel in exchange for a kickback of approximately Rs. 700 crore.
They were charge-sheeted for alleged offence of criminal conspiracy under the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The special court, in two separate orders, had said that the case was based on the foundation that Dayanidhi and Sarma deliberately delayed the approval relating to several issues, including the issuance of UAS licences to Aircel, to force Chennai-based promoter C Sivasankaran to exit from the telecom sector.