Court dis­charges Maran broth­ers in Air­cel-Maxis case

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com Manasi Phadke manasi.phadke@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A spe­cial court in Delhi dis­charged on Thurs­day for­mer Union tele­com min­is­ter Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and oth­ers in the Air­cel-Maxis deal cases lodged by the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) and the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED).

How­ever, Thurs­day’s or­der would not have any ef­fect on the two ac­cused Malaysian na­tion­als — Ralph Mar­shall and T Ananda Kr­ish­nan— as the court has al­ready seg­re­gated the trial against them from that of Maran broth­ers and oth­ers.

Just days be­fore the civic elec­tion, the Shiv Sena suf­fered a jolt in sev­eral elec­toral wards on Thurs­dayasthree­se­nior­local­faces de­fected to ri­val party BJP, while an in­ter­nal re­bel­lion in the ranks rockedthep­arty­attwoother­places.

The BJP poached Sena lead­ers even as all par­ties strug­gled to deal with re­bel­lion, a day be­fore the dead­line to file nom­i­na­tions comes to an end on Fri­day.

Sena lead­ers San­jay Am­bole from Parel and Di­nesh Pan­chal from Chem­bur, both sit­ting cor­po­ra­tors, and Prab­hakar Shinde from Mu­lund, who has been a cor­po­ra­tor mul­ti­ple times and a for­mer chair­man of the BMC stand­ing com­mit­tee joined the BJP. All three quit the Sena ow­ing to dis­agree­ments over can­di­da­ture al­lot­ments for the elec­tion.

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