The former finance minister P Chidambaram has alleged that the central investigating agency CBI is harassing him in the Airtel-Maxis case. He alleged that the agency is repeatedly seeking dates to advance arguments on his anticipatory bail plea.
Television news anchor & Republic TV founder Arnab Goswami, on 7 Feb, moved the Delhi High Court against the summon issued to him in a criminal defamation complaint filed by an advocate for allegedly making defamatory remarks on a news channel.
On 30 Jan, the former finance minister's son Karti Chidambaram got a warning from the Supreme Court. The SC allowed him to travel abroad but warned him that the court will be "forced to take steps" if he does not cooperate with the probe agencies, investigating the Aircel-Maxis case.
Already over troubled Hindi news channel NDTV is once again in soup as the Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group has filed a Rs 10,000 crore defamation notice against it in an Ahmedabad court for its reportage on the Rafale fighter jet deal.
A fraud case has come to light in New Delhi where an investor has alleged that the two media firm directors gave him the business plan in 2013 with the intent to defraud him. He said that they claimed they had a licence from the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry for the news channel.
On 11 October, the Madras High Court sent notice to Maran brothers in the alleged illegal telephone exchange case on a petition by the investigating CBI challenging the order of discharge of former Union Minister Dayanithi Maran and others.
On 9 October, the Delhi High court gave the investigating agency CBI two weeks' time to provide the digitised records and six weeks to A. Raja and others to file their replies to the agency's appeals in 2G scam case.
The case involving Saaibaba Telefilms, which is a content production house, and national pubcaster Prasar Bharati has been sent to the Delhi International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) by the Delhi High Court. The case had been filed for an alleged breach of contract by Prasar Bharti. The case was filed under Section 11 of the Arbitration & Conciliation Act, 1996 in March.
In Aircel-Maxis case, a Delhi court on 10 September sought response from former finance minister P. Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram on an Enforcement Directorate (ED) plea seeking cancellation of interim relief from arrest granted to him.
As per charge sheet filed by the investigating agency CBI, the former finance minister P Chidambaram deliberately ignored prevailing guidelines while deciding the Aircel-Maxis case to avoid sending it to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
On 24 August, the Supreme Court refused interim stay on a telecom tribunal order directing the Department of Telecommunications to return bank guarantees of about Rs 2,000 crore to Reliance Communications (RCom).
On 17 August, Kalanithi Maran got a jolt as the Supreme Court rejected a plea filed by him challenging a Madras High Court verdict setting aside a trial court order discharging him in illegal telephone exchange case.
The illegal telephone exchange case involving former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his older brother Kalanithi Maran will be heard on 17 August by A special court for CBI cases.
On 7 August, a Delhi Court extended the interim protection of former Union Minister P Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram till October 8. They are under trial in connection with the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.
On 3 August, the Supreme Court said ‘No’ to interfere with a Delhi High Court order which granted bail to Karti Chidambaram in a case in which he was allegedly involved in financial irregularities related to INX Media.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)’s pesky call order has not gone down well with US smartphone manufacturer Apple. As per iPhone maker, TRAI has exceeded its jurisdiction by stipulating that telcos will have to shut down handsets that do not permit the regulator’s do-not-disturb (DND) app to be downloaded.
On 3 July, a bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar of the Madras High Court upheld the powers of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to make regulations on charges levied by CLS owners.
The trouble of former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran may double as the Madras High Court on 29 June refused longer adjournment in illegal phone exchange case.
On 16 May, RP Techvision India, the owner of Bengali news channel Kolkata 24×7, has been directed by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to pay Antrix Corporation Rs 2.46 crore within three weeks, while Rs. 1.30 crore will have to be paid within one week (23 May).
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