2G scam: FIR against Dayanidhi Maran by month-end, says CBI

Sep 28 2011, 18:23 IST
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Dayanidhi Maran resigned as Union Textile Minister after questions were raised about certain decisions taken under his tenure as Telecom minister in UPA I ministry. Dayanidhi Maran resigned as Union Textile Minister after questions were raised about certain decisions taken under his tenure as Telecom minister in UPA I ministry.
SummaryProbe into Maran's alleged role in Aircel-Maxis deal on, also looking into Essar-Loop: CBI to SC.

There is enough evidence against DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran in the 2G spectrum scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The probe agency told court it would file an FIR against the former Telecom minister within a couple of days for various offences including showing “undue favours” to telecom firm Aircel.

The agency also said investigation against the Essar Group was still on and it would take another two weeks to complete it.

The CBI, which filed a fresh status report in a sealed cover about the progress of the investigation on Wednesday, said preliminary inquiry on the alleged involvement of Maran in 2G scam has been completed and letters rogatory (LR) have been dispatched to Mauritius.

“The preliminary inquiry with regard to Maran has been concluded and FIR has to be registered against everyone. A few more days are needed for the FIR and can be lodged by month-end,” senior advocate K K Venugopal, appearing for CBI, told a Bench of justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly.

Venugopal said there was delay in filing the third chargesheet in the case as investigation was still on against Maran. It is also probing the Essar Group for allegedly creating a front company, Loop Telecom, for “illegally” securing the licence for 2G spectrum.

Essar Group has denied allegations of wrongdoing in the scam, contending Loop Telecom was not its front company. It even cited a 'clean chit' from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in its defence.

Venugopal, who read the portion of the status report about the probe on Maran's role, said CBI has written a letter to a particular company abroad and the follow through was in progress.

Venugopal was referring to the probe into the sale of Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis Group.

Maran was the Telecom Minister between May 2004 and May 2007. He was forced to resign as the Union Textiles Minister in July this year after CBI said it was investigating a complaint against him filed by C Sivasankaran who owned Aircel in 2006.

The senior advocate said CBI has examined Sivasankaran and during the probe it has been found that “undue favour” was shown to the foreign firm and the allegation of quid pro quo arrangement in the dealing has been probed.

“The money involved is about Rs 549 crore,” he said without reading out the details of the report on the issue.

It has been alleged by former Aircel

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