CBI approaches HC against Maran brothers

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 12, 2018 01:36 PM IST

Chennai: The CBI today challenged the decision of a special court that discharged former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanithi Maran three months back, in the decade-old illegal telephone exchange case.

The criminal revision petition of the CBI was submitted to Madras High Court today and it was admitted by Justice G Jayachandran.

Following this, the judge sent notices, returnable by 20 June, to Maran brothers and seven others accused in the case.

Sources say that former accused, BSNL General Manager K Brahmnathan, former Deputy General Manager M P Velusamy and Dayanidhi Maran's private secretary, Gauthaman have also been sent notices.

The CBI's revised petition challenges the bureau's special court judge, Natarajan's decision delivered on 14 March.

Judge Natarajan had discharged all the seven accused from the case since there was no prima facie evidence to prove the charges against them.

The illegal telephone exchange scam is a set of allegations against the former Telecom Minister, who the CBI says misused his authority while he was Union minister for communication and information technology took advantage of hundreds of high-end telephone connections for conducting business transactions of his family-owned Sun Network.

The CBI has charged that this setup has caused a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer and also accused that the former Minister had set up a private telephone exchange with more than 700 telecom lines at his residences in Boat Club and Gopalapuram here.



Chidambaram appears before ED
Congress leader and Former Finance Minister, P Chidambaram appeared in front of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today for the second time this month in connection with the Aircel-Maxis money laundering case.

He arrived at the ED’s headquarter annexe office in Delhi at around 11 am. The agency had earlier summoned him on 5 June. As per sources, the investigating officer of the case is expected to record Chidambaram’s statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act today, like the last time.

Chidambaram’s son Karti has already been questioned by the ED twice.