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Aircel-Maxis: SC agrees to hear plea on 2G court jurisdiction

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the accused company, argued that the Aircel-Maxis case was not related to 2G spectrum scam

on Friday agreed to hear a plea of South Entertainment Holding, which has been summoned as accused along with ex-Telecom minister and six others in the Aircel-case, challenging special 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 case was not related to spectrum scam.

He contended that the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) allegation that then Telecom Minister had pressurised Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran, to sell the stake in to Malaysian firm Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan, has nothing to do with the scam.

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 court.

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 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 court had on September 17 dismissed the pleas moved by Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and others challenging its jurisdiction to try two cases filed by the and in relation to the deal, claiming that these matters did not directly or indirectly fall into the category of spectrum cases.

The trial court had said that the Aircel-deal fairly and squarely falls within the description of scam, and held that it has the jurisdiction to try the matter.

Besides the Maran brothers, the has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms — Sun Direct TV, Astro All Networks Plc, UK, Communications Berhad, Malaysia, and M/s South 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.

The had earlier alleged that Dayanidhi had "pressured" and "forced" Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in and two subsidiary firms to Malaysian firm Group in 2006.

The Malaysian firm was favoured by Dayanidhi and granted licence within six months after the take over of 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.

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Aircel-Maxis: SC agrees to hear plea on 2G court jurisdiction

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the accused company, argued that the Aircel-Maxis case was not related to 2G spectrum scam

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Aircel-Maxis: SC agrees to hear plea on 2G court jurisdiction

on Friday agreed to hear a plea of South Entertainment Holding, which has been summoned as accused along with ex-Telecom minister and six others in the Aircel-case, challenging special 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 case was not related to spectrum scam.

He contended that the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) allegation that then Telecom Minister had pressurised Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran, to sell the stake in to Malaysian firm Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan, has nothing to do with the scam.

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 court.

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 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 court had on September 17 dismissed the pleas moved by Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and others challenging its jurisdiction to try two cases filed by the and in relation to the deal, claiming that these matters did not directly or indirectly fall into the category of spectrum cases.

The trial court had said that the Aircel-deal fairly and squarely falls within the description of scam, and held that it has the jurisdiction to try the matter.

Besides the Maran brothers, the has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms — Sun Direct TV, Astro All Networks Plc, UK, Communications Berhad, Malaysia, and M/s South 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.

The had earlier alleged that Dayanidhi had "pressured" and "forced" Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in and two subsidiary firms to Malaysian firm Group in 2006.

The Malaysian firm was favoured by Dayanidhi and granted licence within six months after the take over of 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.

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Aircel-Maxis: SC agrees to hear plea on 2G court jurisdiction

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the accused company, argued that the Aircel-Maxis case was not related to 2G spectrum scam

Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the accused company, argued that the Aircel-Maxis case was not related to 2G spectrum scam
on Friday agreed to hear a plea of South Entertainment Holding, which has been summoned as accused along with ex-Telecom minister and six others in the Aircel-case, challenging special 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 case was not related to spectrum scam.

He contended that the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) allegation that then Telecom Minister had pressurised Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran, to sell the stake in to Malaysian firm Group in 2006 owned by Ananda Krishnan, has nothing to do with the scam.

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 court.

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 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 court had on September 17 dismissed the pleas moved by Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and others challenging its jurisdiction to try two cases filed by the and in relation to the deal, claiming that these matters did not directly or indirectly fall into the category of spectrum cases.

The trial court had said that the Aircel-deal fairly and squarely falls within the description of scam, and held that it has the jurisdiction to try the matter.

Besides the Maran brothers, the has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms — Sun Direct TV, Astro All Networks Plc, UK, Communications Berhad, Malaysia, and M/s South 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.

The had earlier alleged that Dayanidhi had "pressured" and "forced" Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in and two subsidiary firms to Malaysian firm Group in 2006.

The Malaysian firm was favoured by Dayanidhi and granted licence within six months after the take over of 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.
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