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Interference in Aircel-Maxis row: CBI

Posted on Nov 08, 10:12AM | IBNS

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said that a politically and financially powerful person based in Malaysia is interfering with its probe into the allegations in Aircel-Maxis deal involving former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran.

After examining the CBI's report on Wednesday, the Supreme Court said "Prime facie, there appears to be a nexus."

The investigation agency said that it has completed the domestic investigations into the case but the overseas probe was being delayed due to the influence of the firm's owner in Malaysia who is "powerful politically".

The CBI had earlier accused Maran, who resigned after his name came up in the case, of having coerced the former chief of mobile carrier Aircel, C Sivasankaran, to sell his stake to Malaysia-based company Maxis Communication, linked to the Maran family.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader had purportedly arm-twisted Sivasankaran to sell his 74 percent stake to Maxis, for which the Malaysian company invested in Sun TV, and the kickbacks reportedly amounted to Rs 600 crores.

However, last year, in a status report on the 2G telecoms scandal, the CBI had said it had not found any evidence against Maran in the case yet, and added that intends to complete its investigations into the suspicious transactions linked to the 2G spectrum allocation by Sept. 31.