Wednesday, April 11, 2012

SC questions NGO's conduct of giving clean chit to Dayanidhi Maran

The Supreme Court questioned an NGO official's conduct of writing to the CBI, giving clean chit to former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, who has been accused of coercing a businessman to sell his stake in Aircel to the Malaysian Maxis Group.

Questioning NGO Telecom Watchdog's secretary Anil Kumar for writing the letter and then getting published an article in a journal, giving clean chit to Maran, a bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Panicker Radhakrishnan asked him to file an affidavit to explain his conduct.

Seeking his affidavit within seven days, the bench asked him as to how could he virtually exonerate Maran and accuse businessman C Sivasankaran, who had been shown as a victim in his earlier application to the court.

The bench asked him to show under what circumstances he wrote a letter to the CBI on February 5 and subsequently published the article.

The court passed the order after CBI counsel K K Venugopal read out the contents of the letter and submitted that after making serious allegations against Maran, the secretary of the NGO has made an attempt to give a clean chit to him.

He submitted the manner in which Kumar conducted himself showed that his objective behind moving a PIL on the 2G scam was highly doubtful.

The CBI said the conduct of Kumar amounts to interfering with the probe and the administration of justice.

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