on Friday agreed to hear a plea of South Asia
Entertainment Holding, which has been summoned as accused along with ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran
and six others in the Aircel-Maxis
case, challenging special 2G
court's jurisdiction to try the matter.
The company mentioned the matter before a bench headed by Justice J S Khehar, which after a brief hearing, said it would hear it on September 27.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the accused company, argued that the Aircel-Maxis
case was not related to 2G
He contended that the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) allegation that then Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran
had pressurised Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran, to sell the stake in Aircel
to Malaysian firm Maxis
Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan, has nothing to do with the 2G
When the bench asked as to "what is the stage of trial", Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover said summons have been issued to the accused and some of them have also appeared before the 2G
The bench observed all our orders say this is one of the related cases.
To this, Salve said "I am not part of the 122 licences (cancelled by the apex court). The Supreme Court
orders say about irregularities in grant of licences and about the loss caused to the public exchequer and corresponding gain to the licencee. But, no such allegations are there in my case."
When the court asked Grover as to what he has to say on this, he submitted that he has not yet received the copy of petition and would be able to reply only after getting it.
The bench then posted the matter for September 27.
The special 2G
court had on September 17 dismissed the pleas moved by Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi
and others challenging its jurisdiction to try two cases filed by the CBI
and Enforcement Directorate
in relation to the deal, claiming that these matters did not directly or indirectly fall into the category of 2G
The trial court had said that the Aircel-Maxis
deal fairly and squarely falls within the description of 2G
scam, and held that it has the jurisdiction to try the matter.
Besides the Maran brothers, the CBI
has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms — Sun Direct TV, Astro All Asia
Networks Plc, UK, Maxis
Communications Berhad, Malaysia, and M/s South Asia
Entertainment Holdings, Malaysia — as accused in the case.
They have been chargesheeted for the offences punishable under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
had earlier alleged that Dayanidhi had "pressured" and "forced" Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in Aircel
and two subsidiary firms to Malaysian firm Maxis
Group in 2006.
The Malaysian firm was favoured by Dayanidhi and granted licence within six months after the take over of Aircel
in December 2006, it had said.
Ex-Telecom Secretary J S Sarma, who had died, was also named in the CBI's charge sheet. His name was put in a column of the accused against whom trial cannot proceed.