Ex-Malaysian telecom minister faces charges in India

Ex-Malaysian telecom minister faces charges in India

PETALING JAYA: The Times of India, India's top English daily, reported that Malaysian tycoon Tan Sri Ananda Krishnan has been charged along with seven others by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

It reported that former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi Maran and six others, including Ananda, as well as four companies were charged by the CBI in a special court on Friday in relation to an Aircel-Maxis deal.

The case was said to have originated following investigations over alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation.

Besides the Maran brothers, CBI had named Ananda, his trusted lieutenant Ralph Mar­shall (a director of Maxis Bhd), a top executive and four companies, including Sun Direct TV Pte Ltd and Malaysia's Maxis Communication Bhd, as accused in the case.

The daily reported that they had been charged for the offences which are punishable under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

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