ED moves SC against release of Maran brothers in Aircel-Maxis case
New Delhi: Dissatisfied with the Pataiala House Court's decision in the Aircel-Maxis case, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday approached the Supreme Court.
The ED alleged that the special court delivered the discharge orders for Maran brothers and other accused without furnishing the bail bond properly. The probing agency also appealed the top court not to release the properties attached in the case.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and comprising Justice NV Ramanna and DY Chandrachud stated that the matter would be heard by them at 2 pm on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and other accused were absolved of the corruption and money laundering charges in the Aircel-Maxis deal by a special court.
Delivering the verdict, Special Judge OP Saini had said, “I discharge all the accused in the two cases.”
The corruption case was being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), while the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probed the money laundering charges.
The CBI had claimed in its chargesheet that the former Minister cooked a criminal conspiracy with T. Ananda Krishnan, owner of Malaysia-based company Maxis, and forced Aircel owner Chinnakannan Sivasankaran to sell his shares to the former, allegedly in return to the investments by the foreign company through another company into Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd.
It may be mentioned that Dayanidhi Maran is one of the promoters of Sun Direct.
The ED had also alleged that a whopping amount of Rs 742.58 crore was paid to Dayanidhi Maran by two Mauritius-based companies through Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd. and South Asia FM Ltd.
Both the companies are owned and controlled by Kalanidhi Maran and the money was used by these companies in their business, the complaint further quoted.