CBI opposes discharge plea of Maran brothers

By NT Bureau Published on Nov 10, 2017 08:11 PM IST

Chennai: The CBI today strongly opposed discharge of Maran brothers - former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran - in the illegal telephone exchange case, causing Rs 1.78 crore loss to the exchequer, and pleaded for dismissing their pleas.

When the discharge petitions plea filed by Maran brothers and other accused came up for hearing before XIV Additional Judge for CBI cases S Natarajan, the CBI opposed it stoutly contending that the chargesheet was filed against them after thorough probe.

The CBI also submitted that all the charges framed against the accused were supported by material and documentary evidences and wanted the court to dismiss the discharge pleas filed by them.

During the hearing, the CBI also said filed additional affidavits supporting their claims.

As the counsel for Maran brothers sought time to file their reply for the additional affidavits, the judge adjourned further hearing in the case to 21 November.

The court also allowed applications moved by the Maran brothers seeking to dispense with their appearance today.

The CBI had filed the chargesheet against the Maran brothers, two retired chief general managers of BSNL and the additional private secretary to Dayanidhi Maran under sections 120-B read with 409, 467 and 471 of IPC and section 13(2) read with 13(1)(c) and (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The CBI had registered a case on 23 July 2013 against them on the allegations of installing a number of high-end telecommunication facilities at the residence of Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai, illegally under service category, and did not raise bills for it during the period 2004 to 2007. Thereby they caused huge loss to the government exchequer.