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Jun 07, 2011 at 09:58pm IST

2G: countdown begins for Dayanidhi Maran

New Delhi: The mercury is rising for Dayanidhi Maran. The JPC probing spectrum scam will summon all telecom ministers over the last 12 years, including Maran.

Meanwhile, sources tell CNN-IBN that Maran will be asked to quit if the CBI files an FRI against him the Sun-Maxis deal.

After A raja, the countdown seems to have begun for yet another DMK minister. Prime Minister's office has indicated that textile minister Dayanidhi Maran will have to quit if CBI names him in an FIR.

CBI is probing the former telecom minister's role in the Aircel-Maxis deal. Sivasankaran, the founder of Aircel in his statement to CBI, has alleged that he was arm twisted by Maran to sell his stake to Malaysian firm Maxis and in return maxis invested close to Rs 600 crores in Maran family owned Sun direct.

CBI sources said that Sivasankaran in his statement recorded on Monday said that he was even willing to offload 49 per cent equity and keep 51 per cent stake of Aircel, but Maran strangulated his telecom business to the extent that he was forced to sell Aircel to Maxis and leave India.

According to sources, Sivasankaran also alleged that DOT officials deliberately stone walled his telecom license application in seven circles at Maran's behest. These licenses were then awarded to Aircel when Maxis took over controlling stake.

But Maran maintains that he is innocent.

"i have never had to force anyone to do business or to sell the business. And moreover, let me tell you, if someone feels forced, they could have always gone to the court," said Maran.

Not just the CBI, even the Joint Parliamentary Committee is looking into allegations against Maran. On Tuesday, CBI director briefed the JPC on the investigations so far and sources say DMK MP TR Baalu objected to Maran being named in the 2G scam. The objection lead to a ruckus but the JPC has now decided to summon Maran to defend himself.

"All the former union telecom ministers from 1998 to 2009 will be summoned," said PC Chacko.

The CBI sources say Sivasankaran has made his case against Maran stronger by citing merchant bankers and lawyers as witnesses who were aware of Maran's arm-twisting tactics. The CBI is now examining the supporting documents Sivasankaran provided and is likely to register an FIR by the end of this month on the issue. That could spell more trouble for DMK's Dayanidhi Maran

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