Friday, July 22, 2011


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned a Singapore-based senior executive of theStandard Chartered Bank in connection with the takeover of Aircel by the Maxis Group — the deal in which allegations of coercion by the Marans were levelled by former Aircel chief C Sivasankaran.
Rahul Goswamy, the Singapore-based global head of Strategic Client Coverage Group, who was earlier scheduled to appear on July 13 when some officials of bank were quizzed but could not do so because of prior engagements, gave the information about the deal to the agency.
Sivasankaran had alleged in a statement before the CBI that he was forced to sell his stake in Aircel by former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi at a throwaway price to Malaysia-based Maxis, which is considered closed to the Marans.
The agency has registered a preliminary enquiry into the sale of telecom spectrum during 2001-07, and is probing the allegations of irregularities when Dayanidhi was the telecom minister between 2004-07 in the UPA-I.
Sources in the agency said Standard Chartered was the banker in the deal, in which Maxis bought 74% stake in Aircel. They said documents from the bank could provide crucial details about the financial transactions. The allegations have been refuted by Dayanidhi, denying his role in the deal.