Court discharges Maran brothers in Aircel-Maxis case
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.