2G scam: Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran resigns from cabinet

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The times of India 2G scam: Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran resigns from cabinet As reported at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/2G-scam-Union-textile-minister-... NEW DELHI: A day after he was nailed by the CBI in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Union textile minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and handed over his resignation. 2G scam: Dayanidhi Maran resigns from cabinet Maran's resignation came minutes after the cabinet meeting ended. According to Times Now, Dayanidhi Maran was the first to leave 7 Race Course Road, Prime Minister's residence, soon after the meeting ended. He is scheduled to fly out to Chennai later this evening. Maran's resignation comes ahead of a cabinet reshuffle that may happen as early as next week. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was under pressure to drop him to signal a tough stance against a raft of graft cases that have emerged in recent months. Maran declined to make any comment when television reporters asked him if he had left the cabinet. Earlier in the day, BJP leader Arun Jaitley had said that Dayanidhi Maran had run out of options and he should quit. He further added that the Prime Minister cannot look away after the developments in connection with the 2G scam. AIADMK too had said that there was no use expecting Dayanidhi Maran to take responsibility and the Prime Minister should simply drop him. On Wednesday, the CBI told the Supreme Court that its preliminary inquiry into the allegation of Sivasankaran, a serial entrepreneur known as Siva in business circles, suggested that Maran starved Aircel of new licences to bully him into selling out. -------------- IBN Live Dayanidhi Maran resigns from Union Cabinet As reported at http://ibnlive.in.com/news/dayanidhi-maran-resigns-from-union-cabinet/16... New Delhi: Union Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran resigned from Union Cabinet on Thursday following allegations that he arm-twisted Aircel owner C Sivasankarn to sell his 74 per cent stake to Maxis group of Malaysia. Sources have told CNN-IBN that Maran met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a routine Cabinet meeting and submitted his resignation. The meeting between Maran and Singh at the Prime Minister's 7 Race Course Road residence in New Delhi, which was the second one on Thursday, lasted for five minutes after which he resigned. He also met Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Sources told CNN-IBN that Singh Sonia Gandhi spoke to DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Wednesday night about Maran. Karunanidhi reportedly gave the go ahead after which Maran resigned on Thursday. The Prime Minister also discussed the Maran's alleged role in the Aircel-Maxis deal with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily, HRD and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal and Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati separately. However, there is no official confirmation of Maran's resignation from the Union Cabinet. Maran is the second Union Minister and DMK leader to step down from the Cabinet following allegations of involvement in the 2G spectrum scam after former telecom minister A Raja. Raja and DMK MP and Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi have already been arrested in the 2G scam and are presently lodged in New Delhi's Tihar Jail. DMK MP TR Baalu is likely to replace Maran in the Cabinet. However, sources say that the Congress is not keen on having Baalu in the Cabinet. According to sources, Maran recused himself from the Cabinet meeting when the FM licence issue was being discussed. Maran's Sun Network runs FM channels and it his presence would have been seen as a conflict of interest. DMK's arch rival the AIADMK welcomed Maran's resignation. "It's good that Maran has resigned. His stay had become untenable," said AIADMK leader V Maithreyan. "Madame Jayalalithaa will decide when the question comes of support to UPA," he replied when asked if his party would now join the Congress-led alliance at the Centre. "Maran's resignation was expected. He should have resigned long time back. The allegations against him are serious," said CPI leader D Raja. "The Prime Minister must explain. He is responsible for the behaviour of his MPs," he added. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its report to the Supreme Court on Wednesday implicated Maran, who was the telecom minister between 2004 and 2007, in the 2G spectrum scam saying that initial enquiry revealed that he deliberately sat on Aircel's licence application. The DMK has neither reacted to his resignation nor the CBI's move to name him in its report on the Aircel-Maxis deal. Initial reports revealed that Maran delayed the file in spite of unanimous recommendation from Department of Telecom (DoT) officials. The CBI's preliminary enquiry also reveals an element of coercion in Maran's dealing with Aircel. In its report, the CBI has held the former telecom minister responsible for coercing Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran into selling his 74 per cent stake to Maxis. Maran is likely to be questioned by the CBI before an FIR is registered to take his version on Sivasankaran's allegations. Sivasankaran had earlier testified before the CBI that Maran had forced him to sell his stake in Aircel by repeatedly denying telecom licences to him. Shivasankaran eventually sold out to Maxis whose owner is reportedly close to the Maran brothers. Maxis later invested Rs 750 crore in Maran's brother Kalanidhi Maran's company. 0Former telecom secretary Nripendra Mishra also told the CBI that Maran deliberately raised questions about Aircel's sisters concerns and newspaper reports appearing about the company when it was not needed. The CBI said that prima facie it had evidence to show that Loop Telecoms was a front company of Essar. The premier investigation body told the Supreme Court that Essar also stood corporate guarantee for Loop when it applied for state bank of India loan. "Essar was the group behind Loop but two days before the grant of Unified Access Service Licence (UASL) license they reduced their stake to approx 2 per cent. Also, Essar stood corporate guarantee for Loop when it applied for state bank of India loan," The CBI told the Supreme Court. The apex court, however, observed that this did raise questions about the role of the banks in the way they granted loans. Officials said that the CBI Investigations into telecom deal from 2001 to 2008 will be completed by the end of September, 2011. The Supreme Court, however, expressed its reservation about retired judges giving opinion in the 2G scam and that the CBI should continue with its investigation to reach a logical conclusion. The CBI report was immediately used by Maran's arch rival to demand his dismissal from union council of ministers. ---------- Rediff 2G scam: All about Dayanidhi Maran's alleged 'role' As published at http://www.rediff.com/business/slide-show/slide-show-1-tech-2g-scam-all-... 2G scam: All about Dayanidhi Maran's alleged 'role' After former telecom minister A Raja's arrest, another high profile minister's involvement is being debated in the 2G scam. The Public Accounts Committee chairman Murli Manohar Joshi said Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran played a crucial role in starting the 2G spectrum scam. According to Joshi, Maran was instrumental in changing the spectrum pricing while he was the telecom minister. All the powers vested with the group of ministers on spectrum pricing were transferred to the telecom department. This is how India's biggest scam was born. The allegation against Maran is that he favoured a Malaysian company Maxis while granting telecom licences, which later invested Rs 600 crore (Rs 6 billion) for a 20 per cent stake in Sun Direct, owned by his brother Kalanidhi Maran. Former BJP general secretary K N Govindacharya said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must quit for keeping quiet about these allegations. The Bharatiya Janata Party has also demanded Maran's resignation. Amid the charges and counter-charges, we look at why Dayanidhi Maran is now at the centre of the 2G controversy, which cost the exchequer billions of dollars. -------- One India Dayanidhi Maran To Be Arrested As published at http://bookmarks.oneindia.in/category/News/dayanidhi-maran-to-be-arrested/ Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran broke off his hush on Th and rebutted allegements that he had abused his position as telecommunication Minister. The most recent allegements suggest he abused his ministerial place to get free BSNL lines for his brother's company Sun television.