Maran brothers threatened me, Sivasankaran tells CBI

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on June 08, 2011 Published on June 08, 2011

Former Aircel chief, Mr C. Sivasankaran, has told the CBI that the then Telecom Minister, Mr Dayanidhi Maran, and his brother Mr Kalanidhi had allegedly issued life threats forcing him to sell his firm to a Malayasia-based tycoon, a charge rejected by the DMK leader.

He has provided the CBI a list of over 10 witnesses, mostly based abroad, to buttress his point that he was threatened by the Maran brothers, CBI sources said.

The list provided by Mr Sivasankaran includes some bankers, venture capitalists, and lawyers who will be examined by the CBI in the course of its investigation into alleged irregularities in the award of licences during the tenure of Mr Dayanidhi as Telecom Minister.

In his statement, Mr Sivasankaran has alleged that Mr Kalanidhi, owner of Sun TV, had threatened him to sell Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis chief, Mr T. Anandakrishnan, who is considered close to him, sources said.

Maxis had earlier issued a statement claiming its investment in Aircel was in full compliance with Indian laws and had the approval of the requisite authorities.

Mr Dayanidhi had also refuted allegations against him by Mr Sivasankaran.

Published on June 08, 2011
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