Aircel-Maxis PMLA case: Court to consider ED’s charge sheet

NEW DELHI : A special 2G court will tomorrow consider ED’s charge sheet filed against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and four others in the Aircel-Maxis deal related money laundering case.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) had filed the charge sheet on January 8 after which special CBI judge O P Saini had fixed the matter for tomorrow for consideration.
ED named Dayanidhi, Kalanithi, his wife Kavery Kalanithi, K Shanmugam, Managing Director of M/s South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL), and two companies — M/s Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) and SAFL — as accused in the case filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The agency has also told the court that further probe relating to Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) approval in the Aircel-Maxis deal and related issues are subject of further investigation under the PMLA. The approval was given when P Chidambaram was Finance Minister in 2006.
The charge sheet alleged that proceeds of crime worth Rs 742.58 crore was paid by the Mauritius-based companies for Dayanidhi in the two firms, SDTPL and SAFL.
“The investigation under PMLA was taken up and it revealed that proceeds of crime of Rs 742.58 crore was paid by the companies based in Mauritius for Dayanidhi Maran, in the two companies namely SDTPL and SAFL,” the charge sheet said. (Agencies)


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