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'Sun TV, South Asia FM Got Rs 742 Crore Proceeds of Crime'

The ED, probing the Aircel-Maxis case, alleges Dayanidhi Maran obtained the amount as a bribe and parked it in his brother’s firms.

Published: 07th February 2016 04:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th February 2016 04:48 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Enforcement Directorate on Saturday told the special 2G court that there were money transactions which allegedly showed that Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) and South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) received `742.58 crore as proceeds of crime from Mauritius-based firms in Aircel-Maxis deal related money laundering case in which former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and others were allegedly involved.

The court has fixed February 20 when it will further hear arguments on the point of taking cognizance.

N K Matta, special prosecutor for the Enforcement Directorate, referred to the details of the money transactions between these firms and alleged that SDTPL had received a total of `549.03 crore from Mauritius-based company M/s South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd. He said that company secretary of SDTPL had declared about these remittances to the RBI.

“The CBI has alleged in its chargesheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal case that bribe money was received and our (ED’s) case relates to the money trail,” he told the court. On this, the court asked the ED, “These are all allegations. Where is the evidence for this?”

The ED counsel responded stating, “The statements of the prosecution witnesses recorded during the investigation and also relevant documents pertaining to the money transactions.”

The court, after hearing the submissions, the court said, “This is a very complex and complicated case. There is no urgency so one more hearing is required to pass an order.”

In the chargesheet, the ED alleged that Dayanidhi had obtained illegal gratification of `742.58 crore and the money was parked in the firms of his brother Kalanithi Maran, a co-accused, by projecting it as untainted.

Besides Dayanidhi, the ED has named Kalanithi Maran, his wife Kavery Kalanithi, K Shanmugam, Managing Director of M/s South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL), and two firms - M/s Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd and SAFL — as accused in the case filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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