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Aircel-Maxis case: Maran brothers named in chargesheet by enforcement directorate

PTI 09 Jan 2016, 8:09:00 IST

New Delhi: Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and four others have been named in a chargesheet by the Enforcement Directorate in a special court in the Aircel-Maxis deal-related money laundering case.

Dayanidhi, Kalanithi, his wife Kavery Kalanithi, K Shanmugam, Managing Director of M/s South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL), and two companies -- M/s Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) and SAFL - have been named as accused in the case filed under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

It alleged that proceeds of crime worth Rs. 742.58 crore was paid by the Mauritius-based companies for Dayanidhi Maran in the two firms, SDTPL and SAFL.

"The investigation under PMLA was taken up and it revealed that proceeds of crime of Rs. 742.58 crore was paid by the companies based in Mauritius for Dayanidhi Maran, in the two companies namely SDTPL and SAFL," it said in a press note.

The Enforcement Directorate alleged that the two firms were owned and controlled by Kalanithi Maran and the money had been utilised by the companies in their business.

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The Enforcement Directorate said it had attached assets held by Dayanidhi, Kalanithi, Kavery and others equivalent to amount of proceeds of crime of Rs. 742.58 crore under the PMLA.

It also claimed that Dayanidhi Maran had obtained Rs. 742.58 crore through companies of his relatives by "camouflaging the proceeds of crime as capital contribution in SDTPL and SAFL" and committed the offence of money laundering in receiving the amount in the companies owned and controlled by his brother Kalanithi and sister-in-law Kavery.

Detailing the roles of the accused, the agency said their probe has revealed that promoters of SDTPL are Kalanithi and Kavery who were holding 80 per cent shares of the firm.

"SDTPL is owned and controlled by Kalanithi Maran and Kavery Kalanithi being shareholders and in the Board of Directors as Chairman and Director respectively," it said.

It said SDTPL had received "proceeds of crime amounting to Rs. 549.03 crore for Dayanidhi Maran in the guise of foreign investment", which has been consumed by the company in its business.