'Sun Direct, SAFL Got Rs 742 Crore in Aircel-Maxis Deal'

A special 2G court summoned Dayanidhi, Kalanithi and wife Kavery and three others as “accused” in the Aircel-Maxis case on July 11.

Published: 28th February 2016 04:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2016 04:23 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: A special 2G court on Friday summoned former minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and his wife Kavery Kalanithi and three others as “accused” in the Aircel-Maxis case on July 11.

The court also asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to continue the probe and file fresh complaints, if required, in the case.

The agency’s special prosecutor N K Matta had claimed that there were money transactions which allegedly showed that two firms accused in the case — Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) and South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) — had received Rs 742.58 crore as “proceeds of crime” from Mauritius-based firms in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

It further pointed out that “proceeds of crime” amounting to Rs 549.03 crore and Rs 193.55 crore were received by SDTPL and SAFL, which is allegedly controlled by co-accused Kalanithi Maran. The money was received through various Mauritius-based entities. The agency also alleged that SDTPL had received Rs 549.03 crore from Mauritius-based firm M/s South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd.

Earlier, the agency had alleged before the court that Dayanidhi had generated funds worth Rs 742.58 crore through illegal means and there was sufficient prima facie material to proceed against him and other accused in the case. It had alleged that Dayanidhi had obtained “illegal gratification” of Rs 742.58 crore and the money was “parked” in the firms of Kalanithi by projecting it as untainted. The ED had also claimed that Kalanithi was controlling both SDTPL and SAFL, where the money was infused through Mauritius -based companies.

In August 2014, the CBI had chargesheeted the Maran brothers, Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Augustus Ralph Marshall and four companies — SDTPL, Maxis Communication Berhad, South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd and Astro All Asia Network PLC — in the case.

The CBI had alleged that Dayanidhi ha “forced” telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in Aircel and two other firms.

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