According to sources, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha favoured closing of the case against Maran as he believed that the available evidence may not stand scrutiny in court. However, the CBI's prosecution Director and investigating officers were in favour of filing a chargesheet.

The matter has now apparently been referred to Attorney General G Vahanvati for legal opinion.

The CBI, which had started preliminary inquiry into the deal in January 2011, had registered an FIR nine months later in October.

The investigating agency had alleged that Maran had misused his office to help a Malaysian entrepreneur acquire one of the biggest telecom firms, Aircel. In return, Ananda Krishnan-owned company Maxis invested around Rs 650 crores in the Sun TV Network, run by Marans.

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