Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is about to face a trial as CBI has lodged a case against him saying that he together with his brother Kalanithi Maran received bribe from Malaysia-based Maxis. It is believed that the bribe had some sort of link with Maxi’s accusation of Aircel for $800 million.
The telecom industry of India has been in news since the controversy over the 3G Spectrum. However, this is for the very first time when foreigners are also said to be involved in the alleged corruption which took place during the deal of Aircel.
During the investigation, it has been found by CBI that former Aircel Chief C Sivasankaran was allegedly forced by Dayanidhi Maran for delaying the sale of Aircel. In the meantime, foreigners came to India and held meetings with Dayanidhi Maran.
Shortly, a deal was stuck between Maxis and Aircel. Soon after the deal, the Maxis brought the shares of Sun TV worth Rs 547 crore. The Sun TV is being run by Kalanithi Maran, brother of Dayanidhi Maran. The CBI is suspicious that the deal was previously decided and therefore is not authentic on legal grounds. A corruption case has been registered against Dayanidhi Maran by the CBI.