The Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) have failed to question charge sheeted Malaysian billionaire business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan and Augustus Ralph Marshall in the Maxis-Aircel scam. CBI has listed them in the charge sheet for the offences punishable under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The court issued fresh summons in March 2015 to the two accused T Ananda Krishnan, Augustus Ralph Marshall and their accused firms after the CBI expressed its failure to issue summons against them in October 2014. However, the inability of CBI to investigate Krishnan and Marchall continues on account of the slow process of the Indian government exerting pressure on the Malaysian government through diplomatic channels.
CBI is investigating T Ananda Krishnan, Augustus Ralph Marshall and their companies Maxis Communication Berhard, South Asia Entertainment Holding and Astro All Asia Network PLC for their alleged role of corruption in the Maxis-Aircel scam. Maxis Communications Berhard between 2007 and 2009 bought 20 per cent Kalanithi Maran- owned Sun TV Network Ltd through its subsidiaries Astro All Asia Network and South Asia Entertainment Network for Rs 599.01 crore.
CBI had filed the charge sheet in the case containing the names of 151 prosecution witnesses and a set of 655 documents, on which it has relied upon during its probe. The case involves investigation in foreign countries and in its submission in Court stated that there were sufficient grounds to proceed against the accused named in the charge sheet.