The Enforcement Directorate today told the special 2G court that there were money transactions which allegedly showed that Sun Direct TV Pvt Ltd (SDTPL) and South Asia FM Ltd (SAFL) received Rs 742.58 crore as “proceeds of crime” from Mauritius-based firms in Aircel-Maxis deal related money laundering case.
The court has fixed February 20 when it will further hear arguments on the point of taking cognisance.
The agency claimed before Special CBI Judge O P Saini that “proceeds of crime” amounting to Rs 549.03 crore and Rs 193.55 crore were received by SDTPL and SAFL, allegedly controlled by co-accused Kalanithi Maran, respectively through various Mauritius-based entities.
N K Matta, special prosecutor for Enforcement Directorate (ED), referred to the details of the money transactions between these firms and alleged that SDTPL had received a total of Rs 549.03 crore from Mauritius-based company M/s South Asia Entertainment Holding Ltd.
He said that company secretary of SDTPL had declared about these remittances to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
“CBI has alleged in its charge sheet in the Aircel-Maxis deal case that bribe money was received and our (EDs) case relates to the money trail,” he told the court.
After the prosecutor referred to the money transactions, the judge asked the agency, “These are all allegations. Where is the evidence for this?”
Responding to the courts query, the prosecutor read out the statements of the prosecution witnesses recorded during the investigation and also relevant documents pertaining to the money transactions.
The court, after hearing the submissions, said that it is a complicated case so it would hear arguments on the next date of hearing before passing any order on taking cognisance on the EDs charge sheet filed in the case.
“This is a very complex and complicated case. There is no urgency so one more hearing is required to pass an order,” the judge said, adding, “Arguments on the point of cognisance heard. Since records of the case are voluminous, put up for further arguments on February 20.”
ED has chargesheeted former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran, his wife Kavery Kalanithi, K Shanmugam, Managing Director of SAFL and two firms SDTPL and SAFL as accused in the case filed under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).