The six companies listed as accused are Chess Management Services Holding Ltd, Chennai-based Advantage Strategic Consulting Pvt Ltd and Malaysian companies Astro All Asia Networks
, Maxis Mobile, Bumi Armada Berhad and Bumi Armada Navigation.
"An illegal gratification of Rs 549,96,01,793 was accepted as quid pro quo through his brother Kalanithi Maran in the garb of share premium invested in Sun Direct by M/s South Asia Entertainment Holdings which was a fully owned subsidiary of M/s Astro All Asia Networks," the CBI said.
Pointing to how the attitude of DoT changed once Maxis took over Aircel, CBI said application for issuance of licences and other requests pending for long were acceded to and "undue favour was given to these companies for which alleged illegal gratification was paid by M/s Astro All Asia Networks to M/s Sun Direct of Kalanithi in the garb of purchase of its shares at a premium of Rs 69.57 a share".
Ananda Krishnan, senior executive of Astro All Asia Network
and Maxis Ralph Marshall and three companies Astro All Asia Networks
, Sun Direct TV and Maxis Communications under Prevention of Corruption Act in October 2011.
17 -- After the successful national launch of FOODFOOD TV Channel on 24 January 2011, partners Astro All Asia Networks
, Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and Mr.
An example is the joint venture between A&E Television Networks (AETN) and Astro All Asia Networks
to form AETN All Asia Networks.
The Shaw library was sold in 2000 to Astro All Asia Networks
, the pay TV empire controlled by Malaysian billionaire Ananda Krishnan.
Astro All Asia Networks
, the Malaysia-based multimedia group, is looking to cash-in on the lucrative China pay-TV market and is currently engaged in talks that could help it establish a foothold in the country.
MiTV is backed by Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan, who is determined to give 8-year-old satcaster Astro, run by Astro All Asia Networks
, a run for its money.