[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]M[/dropcap]aran brothers’ last trick too failed on Monday with Supreme Court rejecting their petition challenging the jurisdiction of the 2G Special Court in Aircel Maxis scam. The petition was filed in the name of Maran family firms belonging to Sun TV Group and paraded with top lawyers headed by Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi. Aircel-Maxis petitioner Subramanian Swamy was also present in the Apex Court to tackle any last minute tricks by the Maran bandwagon.
Karti Chidambaram also did such tricks by challenging in Madras High Court ED’s action on raiding him and his related companies.
Marans’ petitions were rejected by the 2G Court Judge O P Saini in September, confirming the authority of the court to conduct the trial in Aircel Maxis scam. First Marans knocked on the doors of Delhi High Court and then landed back in trial court. There should be no doubt in the minds of sensible persons if they had read the Supreme Court Orders in 2010 and 2011 that constituted a special court for the trial of 2G related and other telecom related cases between 2001 to 2008. But all the accused will go to higher courts to delay the procedures of the 2G Court. Detailed order of 2G Court on its jurisdiction is available here.
Appearing on behalf of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED), the SC appointed Special Public Prosecutor Anand Grover argued briefly about these kinds of repeated frauds. Justice J S Khehar and Justice Arun Mishra without taking any time rejected the petition. By afternoon Anand Grover approached the Delhi High Court and informed that Maran’s petition there too be rejected, citing the monitoring of Supreme Court. Supreme Court twice made judgments by banning other courts from considering petitions related to the 2G Court. But all Corporates repeatedly try to delay proceedings by going to High Courts (HC) across the country. After Grover’s appearance, Maran family companies withdrew their petitions in Delhi High Court in the evening.
Karti Chidambaram also did such tricks by challenging in Madras High Court ED’s action on raiding him and his related companies. During arguments the HC had categorically told many times, if the matter is related to Aircel-Maxis scam, they would not entertain.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he trial in Aircel-Maxis scam is expected to be on a daily basis by April next year. Currently the 2G Court is busy finishing the three ongoing cases. CBI’s main 2G Scam case against Raja, Kanimozhi and corporate are in the last stage of the trail. All accused have completed Final Arguments last week. CBI will start brief rebuttal arguments on November 7, which is expected to end within two weeks. The Final Arguments of the accused in the ED case of money trail to Kalaignar TV is expected to start soon. The third case – The Essar – Loop case also has finished the trial phase. The judgments in these three cases are expected to be by February or March, say Prosecutors.
Why is the ED not straight away arresting Karti for such open defiance? Who or what is holding them back?
In Aircel-Maxis case, the question is when is CBI and ED going to fix former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and son Karti for granting FIPB clearance to Maxis to acquire Aircel in dubious ways and money trails. The ED has unearthed $200,000 money trails from Maxis to Karti’s company Chess Management, after father Chidambaram approved the deal illegally. But still Karti is defying ED’s summons and not appearing before it. Why is the ED not straight away arresting Karti for such open defiance? Who or what is holding them back?