New Delhi: Trouble seems to be brewing for former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi as the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Aircel-Maxis deal has registered a money laundering case against them.

The case, registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), pertains to an alleged illegal gratification of about Rs 600 crore allegedly received by the Maran brothers through the purchase of Sun Direct TV shares by Astro All Asia Networks Plc (a related company of Maxis Communications).

Besides the Marans, the ED has also registered a similar case against Malaysia-based Maxis group owner T Ananda Krishnan and Director Ralph Marshall and three other companies.

It is alleged that Maran, the then telecom minister, had favoured Maxis group in the takeover of Aircel and in return investments were made by Maxis through Astro Network in Sun Direct TV owned by the Maran family and also deliberately delayed grant of licenses.

CBI officials said they would formally question Dayanidhi Maran and other accused in this regard.

It is reported that the agency has already seized Rs 223 crore worth of property, which was allegedly paid as bribe to Kalignar TV by DB Realty, in the 2G spectrum scam.

(JPN/ Bureau)