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Aircel-Maxis Case: Special Court decides to reserve order on charge sheet of ED against Maran brothers and four others

New Delhi: In relation to issue to take cognisance on the charge sheet filed by ED- Enforcement Directorate against ex- Telecom Minister- Dayanidhi Maran and five others where the charges of money laundering related to the Aircel- Maxis deal, a Special Court has reserved the date i.e. 27th day of February, this year for its order.

The charge sheet filed by said Enforcement Directorate- ED is involving the said Telecom Minister and also his brother- Kalanithi Maran, his Brother’s wife- Kavery Kalanithi, Managing Director of South Asia FM Ltd.- SAFL- K Shanmugam and Two firms SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt. Ltd.- SDTPL, for money laundering to the Aircel- Maxis deal. The ED has sought to charge such six accused under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act- PMLA.

Earlier, while in the arguments, it was claimed by the Special Prosecutor- N. K. Matta for ED that there SDTPL and SAFL had received Rs. 742.58 crore as ‘proceeds of crime’ in the money transactions from Mauritius- based firm in the Aircel- Maxis deal. And moreover, as per the claim of ED, the SDTPL and SAFL had received proceeds of crime amounting to Rs. 549.03 crore and Rs. 193.55 crore, and allegedly controlled by co- accused- Kalanithi, respectively.

Before the Special Court’s Judge namely, O. P. Saini, the prosecutor- Matta had referred to the details of money transactions between these firms, and while so he contended that SDTPL had received Rs 549.03 crore from M/s South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd. which is based at Mauritius.

However, earlier, as per ED there was sufficient prima facie material to proceed against Dayanidhi, as he had generated funds through illegal means of worth Rs. 742.58 crore.

And as per ED, the SDTPL and SAFL were controlled by Kalanithi, where the money was infused through such Mauritius- based companies. Moreover, it was also claimed by ED that Dayanidhi had obtained ‘illegal gratification’ of Rs. 742.58 crore and such money was parked in the firms of Kalanithi by showing I as untainted.

Thus, in the case, all six accused have denied the allegations and charges which were levelled by ED against them and now as such the matter is fixed for order by the Special Court on 27th day of this month.

Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan