CBI sources on Wednesday revealed to the media that the former Aircel Chief Sivasankaran has alleged both Maran brothers were there behind the Aircel Maxis deal. Sivasankaran claims that Dayanidhi and Kalanidhi Maran coerced him to sell his stake to the Maxis company. A sister concern of Maxis later invested in the Maran family-owned Sun Direct TV.
After the CBI Directo, now the Enforcement Directorate chief Arun Mathur has been summoned by the JPC on 2G scam. The ED will brief the JPC on its probe conducted under the provisions of foreign exchange and money laundering laws. The Ed had slapped the violations of FEMA charges against top telecom firms to the tune of Rs.4300 crore.
Meanwhile the JPC examining the 2G scam decided to call all former Telecom Ministers since 1998, including A.Raja to depose before it.
Committee Chairman, P.C.Chacko reported that the CBI Director, A.P.Singh and two senior CBI officials briefed the JPC on the probe agency’s input related to its investigation into the scam. Singh briefed the JPC on the investigation into the 2G scam and said a third charge sheet into the matter would be filed during the current month. Chacko said the CBI was also probing the alleged delay of granting telecom licenses to Aircel between 2004 and 2006. Telecom minister was Dayanidhi Maran then. Fourteen licenses were issued to Aircel Maxis in 2004 but licenses were given in 2006. “The CBI is probing why there was delay”, P.C Chacko said.
Singh and his team briefed the JPC about the “progress and findings” into the alleged irregularities into the 2G spectrum allocation in 2008. Chacko said JPC has also finalized a list of 85 witnesses who would be asked to be present for recording of evidences in connection with the telecom policies.
Secretaries of the Departments of Telecom, Law, Finance, and Revenue Corporate Affairs will be asked to appear before the JPC, he said.
Report by Alka