Aircel-Maxis case: ED moves SC against special court’s order discharging Marans

The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Supreme Court against a special court�s order discharging former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and two firms of charges of corruption and money laundering in the Aircel-Maxis case.

Aircel-Maxis case: ED moves SC against special court’s order discharging Marans

The Enforcement Directorate has moved the Supreme Court against a special court’s order discharging former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and two firms of charges of corruption and money laundering in the Aircel-Maxis case.

Special court Judge O.P. Saini on February 2 discharged the accused, citing lack of prima facie evidence of any criminal intention on the part of the Aircel-Maxis accused.


Discharging the Maran brothers, Special Judge O P Saini had said “legally admissible evidence” was “wholly lacking” in the probe that was conducted.

The trial judge also ordered the release of assets worth Rs. 742 crore attached by the Enforcement Directorate.

The ED urged the apex court not to order the release of the properties attached in the case. The court will take up the case on February 8.

The CBI had alleged that the Marans received a bribe of Rs 742 crore for “coercing” C Sivasankaran to sell his telecom company Aircel to Malaysia-based Maxis.

In the money laundering case probed by the ED, it was alleged that Rs 742.58 crore was paid for Dayanidhi by two Mauritius-based companies through Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd and South Asia FM Ltd, both companies owned and controlled by Kalanithi.