1. 2G Court to give order on Marans’ jurisdiction plea on Sept 17

2G Court to give order on Marans’ jurisdiction plea on Sept 17

A special court would next week pronounce order on applications filed by ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi, challenging its jurisdiction to try the Aircel-Maxis deal case in which they have been summoned as accused.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 6, 2016 7:25 PM
"Therefore, the court, designated to deal exclusively with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, could not hear the matter," the counsel for Marans had said, adding that no loss was caused to the public exchequer by the deal.(Source: Reuters) “Therefore, the court, designated to deal exclusively with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, could not hear the matter,” the counsel for Marans had said, adding that no loss was caused to the public exchequer by the deal.(Source: Reuters)

A special court would next week pronounce order on applications filed by ex-Telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi, challenging its jurisdiction to try the Aircel-Maxis deal case in which they have been summoned as accused.

Special Judge O P Saini also deferred pronouncement of the order on the bail pleas of Marans and others in two separate cases filed by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the next date of hearing on September 17.

The court had earlier fixed the applications for today for passing the orders.

Marans have challenged the jurisdiction of the special 2G court in both the cases lodged by the ED and the CBI.

They had earlier submitted that the Aircel-Maxis dispute was a private matter and not part of the alleged 2G spectrum scam.

“Therefore, the court, designated to deal exclusively with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, could not hear the matter,” the counsel for Marans had said, adding that no loss was caused to the public exchequer by the deal.

Dayanidhi and Kalanithi Maran and four others had moved bail pleas in the money laundering case before the court which has been kept pending.

Besides Maran brothers, Kalanithi’s wife Kavery Kalanithi and K Shanmugam, Managing Director of South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) have also moved their bail applications in the ED case.

The court had on February 27 summoned all the four accused persons and two firms – SAFL and Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd(SDTPL) – as accused in the money laundering case.

The summons were issued by the court while taking cognisance of ED’s charge sheet against the six accused under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

During the arguments earlier, ED’s special prosecutor N K Matta had claimed that there were money transactions which allegedly showed that SDTPL and SAFL had received a total of Rs 742.58 crore as “proceeds of crime” from Mauritius-based firms in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

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