New Delhi: Union Minister for Textiles Dayanidhi Maran may face heat as Central Bureau of Investigation is going to intensify its probe into the alleged irregularities in allocation of spectrums during 2001-2007.

During the CBI interrogation on Monday, 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.

The First Investigation Report (FIR) can be lodged in this regard soon. Aircel had applied for the spectrums in 22 circles of the country during Maran’s stint as Communication Minister in 2004. But his application for licence was rejected, which forced him to sell Aircel to Malaysian company Maxis.

Maxis is alleged to have invested about Rs 600 crore in the companies owned by the Maran family. The probe agency will now verify Sivasankaran’s statement taking help of the files of Communication Ministry during 2004. It will also interrogate the then officials of the department in this regard.

JPN/Bureau