New Delhi : The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) is analysing the opinion of Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, received on Monday, which said there was enough material to file a charge sheet against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi in the Aircel-Maxis deal case.
Sources said Rohtagi’s opinion was being analysed by the officials handling the probe. The AG’s opinion is not binding on the agency but rarely has CBI taken a contrary view. Sources said a decision would be taken on how to finalise a legally sound charge sheet based on the available evidence in the light of observations of Rohtagi.
Rohtagi had dispatched his opinion saying the available material with CBI was enough to prosecute Dayanidhi and Kalanithi in the Aircel-Maxis case.
Meanwhile, Malaysian telecom giant Maxis has written to Directorate of Prosecution, O P Verma, CBI, claiming that the deal was done with the full consent of the Aircel Board of Directors.
“Chairman Aircel informed the Board that the offer price quoted by Ms Maxis Communication Berhad is quite attractive…Exchange of correspondence with Mr Sivasankaran in the course of negotiations will show that Mr Sivasankaran was willing and that he had obtained the valuation that he so desired on his investment in Aircel,” it said.
“While we are not privy to the contents of the subject opinion and usually do not respond to media reports, we are extremely concerned with this turn of events,” it said.
The sources said the matter was escalated to the office of the attorney general as there was a difference of opinionbetween the views of the investigation team and the CBI director Ranjit Sinha on charge-sheeting Maran brothers in the case.
While the team thought that enough evidence was available indicating the role of Marans, CBI director Ranjit Sinha
differed with the view and highlighted apparent weak points in
the draft charges and available evidence.
They said the matter remained pending with then Attorney
General G E Vahanvati during the last government. CBI in 2011 had filed an FIR in the case alleging that Dayanidhi Maran as telecom minister had used his influence to help Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan acquire Aircel by coercing its owner C Sivasankaran.