MUMBAI: The Court of O.P. Saini, Special CBI Court presiding over the 2G Spectrum Case in Patiala House Court, New Delhi discharged all the accused including Dayanidhi Maran and brother Kalanidhi in the Aircel-Maxis Case of 2014 on Thursday.
The CBI had filed a chargesheet before the 2G Court in August 2014 against Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran, Maxis Communications Bhd, Astro All Asia Networks Limited, Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd. South Asia Entertainment Holdings Limited (“SAEHL”), T.A. Krishnan and Ralph Marshall. The case emanated from a Complaint registered by the CBI in 2011 and was monitored by the Supreme Court as part of the 2G Scam Cases.
The CBI had alleged that Dayanidhi Maran, the then Minister of Communications and Information Technology in abuse of his official position, deliberately delayed grant of licenses in 7 telecom circles and other approvals and permissions on various issues pending before Department of Telecommunications (“DoT”) related to M/s Aircel Televentures Limited, when it was owned by one C Sivasankaran on frivolous grounds with an intent to force its exit from the telecom business by constricting the business environment. The sale of these companies held by Sivasankaran to Maxis, a Malaysian company was with the intervention of Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran.
For these favours and as a quid pro quo, an illegal gratification was paid by Astro by acquiring shares (through SAEHL) to Sun Direct at a premium of Rs. 69.57 per share for a total sum of Rs. 549 Crore.
A team of lawyers led by law firm Shardul Amarchand Mangldas (SAM) Partner Pallavi Shroff and Siddharth Luthra appeared on behalf of SAEHL (a subsidiary of Astro) before the 2G Court while Anand Grover appeared for the CBI and Kapil Sibal was counsel for Kalanithi while A M Singhvi for Dayanidhi.