DAYANIDHI and Kalanidhi Maran, sons of former DMK leader late Murosoli Maran, have been acquitted by the CBI court in the multi-crore Aircel-Maxis licence case. The court had summoned the accused after taking cognisance of the Enforcement Directorate’s charge sheet, saying there was “enough incriminating material” to proceed against them. Serious matter for a government that is determined to eradicate corruption, lock stock and barrel. But wait there’s more to the story. In May 2014, the CBI told the Supreme Court that there was difference of opinion between the CBI Director and the prosecution regarding filing of the chargesheet. On reference, the Attorney General said that there was enough evidence to prosecute. Since Modi did not require DMK support in Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha and also wanted to be on the right side of Amma Jayalalitha, it was expected that the Maran brothers would be back in Tihar jail, sooner or later. But in July 2014, Maxis Communications Berhad met and urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that the case against Maran brothers be treated in a fair manner, citing a contrary opinion by two retired judges of Supreme Court. After the Maxis-Jaitley meeting, the court deferred the pronouncement of orders on framing of charges to December. Lo and behold! The CBI court which was to frame charges against the former telecom minister, Dayanidhi, his wife Kaveri and his brother Kalanidhi however, found no grounds to proceed against Maran and the rest of the accused. To top it all, the court also cited the lack of evidence while passing the order. So no evidence, no intimidation, no corruption, no crime and no punishment. With Tamil Nadu political equations set to change in coming days, it appears that Modi and Jaitley are playing their cards right.
VOL. 10 | ISSUE 11| FEB 2017