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Aircel-Maxis deal: Delhi HC seeks Maran brothers' reply on ED's plea

ED had moved the HC challenging special court's February 2 order discharging the Maran brothers

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Dayanidhi Maran
A file photo of former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran (Photo: PTI)

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a response from former Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and others on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea against their discharge in the case.

had on May 2, moved the High Court challenging a special court's February 2 order discharging the and others in the case.

The special court had said that the charges were based on "misreading of official files", speculation and surmises of the complainant.

Special CBI Judge O P Saini, while discharging them, had also said that no prima facie case warranting framing of charges against any of the accused was made out on the basis of the materials placed on record before it.

In the case, had chargesheeted the Maran brothers, Kalanithi's wife Kavery, Managing Director of South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) K Shanmugam, SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) under provisions of the Prevention of Act (PMLA).

The special court, in two separate orders, had said that the case was based on the foundation that Dayanidhi and Sarma deliberately delayed the approval relating to several issues, including the issuance of UAS licences to Aircel, to force Chennai-based promoter C Sivasankaran to exit from the sector.

First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 12:13 IST