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Aircel-Maxis: Plea challenging 2G court jurisdiction withdrawn

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A petition against a trial order dismissing pleas of ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi and others challenging jurisdiction of the special 2G to try the Aircel-Maxis case was today withdrawn from the High

Justice I S Mehta allowed South Entertainment Holding Limited, which has been summoned as accused along with Marans and five others in the case, to withdraw their plea as they have moved the Supreme on the issue.


"The Special Leave petition challenging the trial order is pending before the Supreme In view of it, the petitioner seeks to withdraw their present petition. The same is allowed," the said.

Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover, appearing for the CBI, submitted that since the apex was monitoring the issue, the accused cannot file such an appeal in high

The special 2G had on September 17 dismissed the pleas moved by Marans and others challenging its jurisdiction to try two cases filed by and Enforcement Directorate in relation to the deal, claiming that these matters did not directly or indirectly fall in the category of 2G spectrum allocation cases.

The trial 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 has named Malaysian business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan, Malaysian national Ralph Marshall and four firms-- Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd, Astro All Networks Plc, UK, Maxis Communications Berhad, Malaysia, and M/s South Entertainment Holdings Ltd, 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 17 2016. 17:42 IST
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