New Delhi: After Dayanidhi Maran’s resignation from the Cabinet, the Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) has decided to tighten noose around the Union Textile Minister in the Aircel-Maxis deal.

In a bid to bring the former minister under scanner, the CBI on Wednesday questioned Standard Chartered bank officials who played pivot role in the sale of Aircel.

Divulging the details, a senior CBI official confirmed, “The agency has quizzed Standard Chartered International Head of Mergers and Acquisition department Prahlad Shantigram on Wednesday.”

Two other bank officials have also recorded their testimony before the CBI, he added. However the CBI officials refused to give any further information.

Remarkably, in 2007 Standard Chartered Bank played a significant role in the sale of Aircel’s Maxis.

During the CBI interrogation in June, Siva Group chief Sivasankaran alleged that he was forced by Maran during his stint as Communication Minister in UPA-I to sell his stake in Aircel to Maxis. His application for licence was rejected and he was forced to sell Aircel to Malaysian company Maxis.

Maxis Company is alleged to have invested about Rs 600 crore in the companies owned by the Maran family.

JPN/Bureau