Marans discharged, SC 'no' to stay, hearing on Wed

Marans discharged, SC 'no' to stay, hearing on Wed


MUMBAI: The apex court, as of now, refused to grant a stay on the CBI court order discharging the accused in the 2G spectrum scam. The case will be heard again in the Supreme Court next Wednesday.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had moved the court against the discharge of former union minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others in the Aircel-Maxis case. The ED also urged the court not to release the properties of the accused attached in the case. 

The designated court earlier discharged the former telecom minister, and Kalanithi, and others in the Maxis-Aircel deal case filed by enforcement directorate (ED) and the CBI, PTI reported. Special judge OP Saini, who is especially dealing with the 2G spectrum scam cases and related investigation, passed this order.

All the accused had denied the charges levelled against them by the law-enforcement agencies. 

The order may not have any bearing on T Ananda Krishnan and Ralph Marshall as the court already separated the trial against them.

The CBI had registered a case Krishnan and Marshall, Astro All-Asia Networks, UK, Sun Direct TV, Maxis Communications, Malaysia, South Asia Entertainment Holdings, Malaysia and late JS Sarma (then additional secretary - telecom). They were charge sheeted for alleged offences to be punishable under section 120-B of IPC and under concerned provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

ED had chargesheeted the Maran brothers, Kalanithi’s wife Kavery, South Asia FM managing director K Shanmugam and Sun Direct TV under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The court discharged South Asia Entertainment Holdings and Sun Direct TV apart from the Maran brothers.

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