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Ex-Aircel owner speaks to CBI
Published on 6 Jun. 2011 10:38 PM IST
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The CBI is now actively pursuing complaints of a telecom scam allegedly engineered by Dayanidhi Maran while he was the Communications and Technology Minister.
The former owner of Aircel has told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today that he was pressured to sell the telecom company in 2006 to an industrialist from Malyasia. “I felt strangulated,” he said during a lengthy interrogation by the investigating agency.
Mr Sivasankaran claims that harassment by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which repeatedly rejected his applications for mobile network licenses, forced him to sell his company to T Anandakrishnan. Mr Sivasankaran’s successor is reportedly close to Mr Maran and his brother, Kalanidhi, who owns Sun TV.
After Mr Anandakrishnan acquired Aircel, he was granted 14 licences and within months of that, Mr Anandakrishnan’s company invested nearly Rs 800 crore in Sun TV. The CBI is investigating whether that was a quid pro quo.
Mr Maran has said that he did not use his position as Telecom Minister to harass Mr Sivasankaran, or to later benefit Sun TV. He has also clarified that he does not own any shares in Sun TV.
Mr Maran’s party, the DMK, has been linked in multiple ways with different telecom scams. A Raja, a senior leader who took over from Mr Maran as Telecom Minister is in jail for the 2G scam; so is Kanimozhi, whose father M Karunanidhi heads the DMK.

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