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ED Moves SC Against Special Court's Order To Discharge Maran Brothers, Other Accused In Aircel-Maxis Case

It also asked SC to not release the properties attached in the case.

03/02/2017 3:07 PM IST | Updated 03/02/2017 3:25 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the special court's order on Aircel-Maxis case which discharged Maran brothers and other accused without furnishing the bail bond properly.

The ED also urged the apex court to not release the properties attached in the case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Jagdish Singh Khehar and comprising Justice N. V. Ramanna and D. Y. Chandrachud said they would hear the matter at 2 p.m. today.

The Pataiala House Court yesterday discharged former communications minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran after it found insufficient evidence to prosecute them.

Maran brothers were accused by investigating agencies of helping Malaysian group Maxis to acquire Aircel in exchange for a kickback of approximately ₹ 700 crores.

The court also discharged Kalanithi's wife Kavery Kalanithi, South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) Managing Director K. Shanmugam and two companies -- SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) in two different cases.

The CBI Court on 19 December last year deferred pronouncing its orders against the Maran brothers and others to 22 December.

A special 2G court had earlier on 17 September last year dismissed the applications filed by the ex-telecom minister and his brother, challenging its jurisdiction to try the Aircel-Maxis deal case in which they have been summoned as accused.

Pronouncing the order, the court had then said, "There is no manner of doubt that by the standard of subject matter and periodicity of alleged crime, the case fairly/squarely falls within the description/ designation of the 2G scam."

The Maran brothers challenged the jurisdiction of the special 2G court in both cases lodged by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI.

The Enforcement Directorate alleged that two firms, South Asia FM Limited (SAFL) and Sun Direct TV Private Ltd. (SDTPL), had received Rs. 742.58 crore as "proceeds of crime" from Mauritius-based firms and that the two firms were then allegedly controlled by Kalanithi Maran.

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