MACC urged to probe Ananda Krishnan

By Patrick Lee, FMT

KUALA LUMPUR: A formal investigation by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Maxis Communications Bhd tycoon T Ananda Krishnan and its director Ralph Marshall should spur its Malaysian counterpart to do the same, according to PKR.

Subang MP R Sivarasa said that there was no excuse for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to claim ignorance over the matter.

“It would be a bit difficult for the MACC to say that they don’t know about this,” he told reporters st the Parliament lobby here today.

Sivarasa said this while holding today’s edition of the Sun newspaper, with the headline: “India Probes Tycoon” on its cover.

The paper was referring to a New Indian Express report – an Indian newspaper – that both Ananda and Marshall were being investigated on charges of criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

India’s telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanidhi as well as three companies (Astro, Maxis and Sun TV) were also implicated in the scandal.

Citing the MACC Act, Sivarasa said that Malaysians guilty of bribery or corruption out of the country could be charged in Malaysia.

“The MACC should treat this report as a report to them. They should not wait for us to go to them and lodge a report,” he said.