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Aircel-Maxis deal: CBI seeks ‘financial sanction’ from DoPT

After claiming to have almost finished the probe into Aircel-Maxis deal involving former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday said that they have sought ‘financial sanction’ from the department of personnel and training in connection with the Aircel-Maxis deal.

Last week, in a status report presented before the Supreme Court, CBI said that one aspect of the investigation is yet to be closed which involves a 'financial burden'. A team of investigating officials had visited Malaysia to gather information about Maxis deal with Aircel.

The CBI said that they have sought financial sanction for legal and expert valuation. CBI has also received replies to many of its queries sent through the letter rogatory from Malaysia. The agency has enough information in the case but it is hopeful of getting some more evidence from the Malaysian authorities before finalizing the chargesheet. The investigation agency’s probe in the Aircel-Maxis deal has also indicated that Maxis investments in the India breached the permissible limit of foreign direct investments in the telecom sector.

The agency has also received information that indicates Dayanidhi Maran received kickbacks from the Malaysian firm Maxis. Ananda Krishnan, promoter of Maxis, and the Maran family have known each other for long, it is believed. Aircel, denied a pan-India telecom licence earlier, was able to enter all circles after the Maxis takeover, C Sivasankaran, Aircel founder, had told CBI.
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