Maran brothers discharged from illegal telephone exchange case for lack of evidence

Lester Mason
March 14, 2018

A special CBI court in Chennai discharged former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi and his brother and Sun TV Network Chairman, Kalanithi Maran along with five others in the illegal telephone exchange scam on Wednesday.

When asked if there is any lesson that he has learnt, Dayanidhi Maran says, "Believe in judiciary".

With his discharge in the illegal telephone exchange case, Dayanidhi Maran says he feels the taint on the DMK has been completely erased.

The case pertains to alleged illegal setting up of the telephone exchange at Dayanidhi Maran's residence during Dayanidhi's tenure as the Union Telecom Minister from 2004 to 2007.

When their discharge petitions came up for hearing before XIV additional special court for CBI cases in the morning, special judge S. Natarajan posted the matter to 2.30 pm for pronouncing verdict on their plea.

Among the accused were former BSNL general manager K Brahmanathan, former deputy general manager M P Velusamy, Dayanidhi Maran's private secretary Gauthaman, and Sun TV officials.

"The case is not even tried".

A year ago the Maran brothers were discharged in the Aircel-Maxis deal case on similar grounds. The Marans, however, contended that they had not caused any loss and were innocent.

Senior counsel Kabil Sibal appeared for the Maran brothers.

In November, the CBI strongly opposed the discharge petitions filed by the brothers in the case. The DMK suffered a rout in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK got a second straight term in 2016.

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