Update: 11th October; http://malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/newscommentaries/44045-indian-police-book-tycoon-ananda-krishnan-ralph-marshall-in-telco-graft-scandal
KUALA LUMPUR: India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against tycoon T. Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall, along with former Indian minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi in relation to a charge of criminal conspiracy over a deal involving Maxis and India’s Aircel.
The Hindustan Times reported on Monday, Oct 10 that Dayanidhi was accused of conspiracy, abuse of power and bribery as per the FIR.
The CBI has also been investigating the private telephone exchange that functioned at his residence – wheren 300 telephone connections had linked his residence with Sun TV offices when he was the telecom minister, it said.
Meanwhile, it said Dayanidhi was being investigated on a complaint by industrialist C Sivasankaran that he was forced to exit mobile telephony company Aircel by the former minister and sell to Maxis Group of Malaysia.
He alleged that Aircel was deprived of telecom license till it was sold out to Maxis group, it said.
The Hindustan Times said that according to the complaint, Maran had stalled the application for 2G license from Aircel when it was owned by Sivasankaran and cleared the application after the company changed hands when Sivasankaran sold out his stake to Maxis.
"CBI has registered case against Maran brothers, Ralph Marshall and T Anandkrishnan and three companies under section 120b of IPC read with 13(2) with 13 (1)(d) and also section 7 and 12 of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Case was registered on October 9. Searches were conducted at Delhi and Chennai," CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra was quoted by the Hindustan Times.
Former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran alleged that Maran as the then telecom minister favoured Maxis-group in the takeover of his company and in return investments were made by the company through Astro network in Sun TV owned by Maran family, it said.