ED challenges clean chit to the Marans by 2G special court

ED in its plea pointed out that the trial court erred in considering the violation of PMLA and clear cut money laundering case is made out.

Published: 03rd May 2017 07:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2017 07:19 AM   |  A+A-

Former Union Telecom and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday approached the Delhi High Court challenging the 2G special court’s order of discharging all accused including former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran in the Aircel Maxis case. ED in its plea pointed out that “the trial court erred in considering the violation of PMLA and clear cut money laundering case is made out.”

The special court had in its February 2, order discharged all accused. The petition also stated that many statements of the accused before the investigating agency (ED) was not even considered by the trial court.
The case is likely to be listed soon.

Special CBI Judge OP Saini, while discharging them had said that no prima facie case warranting framing of charges against any of the accused was made out on the basis of the materials placed on record before it.
On the charges of money-laundering case, the court had said, “Since the accused were discharged in the case of scheduled offence registered by CBI, ED’s matter has become groundless and nothing survived in it.”

The accused were also discharged in the case lodged by CBI. However, the special judge order had no effect on the two accused Malaysian nationals — Ralph Marshall and T Ananda Krishnan — in the CBI’s case as it has already segregated the proceedings against them from that of Maran brothers and others.

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