Siva has said Maran coerced him to sell the company to the latter's friend Ananda Krishna, the promoter of Maxis as he had closed all his option to become a pan-Indian telecom player without which he could not have survived in the competitive market.
Those in the know say that various meetings between the two sides happened in India and in London and Siva promised that he would never enter the telecom business again - a promise he did not keep after Maran had to pull out as the communications minister after his battle with M Karunanidhi, the DMK patriarch.
Yet Sivasankaran's relationship with the Marans has not always been acrimonious.
Insiders say Siva and Dayanidhi's father, Murasoli Maran, were friends, and that some members of the Maran family even worked for Siva's companies. After the senior Maran's death, however, Siva's relationship with his sons soured dramatically.
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