Hearing on CBI Plea on Maran Tomorrow

The CBI’s petition seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail to former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is to be heard before Madras HC.

Published: 22nd July 2015 05:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2015 05:52 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The CBI’s petition seeking cancellation of anticipatory bail to former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran is listed for hearing before Madras High Court on Thursday.The court made the announcement following a request by  Special Prosecutor for CBI, Srinevasan.

On July 16, the central agency approached the court to cancel the anticipatory bail so that Maran could be taken into custody for interrogation. It accused the former Union Minister of deliberately suppressing information in the multi-crore illegal BSNL Telephone Exchange scandal to save himself and others.

Maran, as an MP, was entitled to only three telephone connections and two mobile connections, subject to an annual cumulative consumption of 1,50,000 calls. However, he, allegedly in collusion with the then BSNL Chennai Telephones CGM, illegally obtained 364 high-end telephon lines at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai.

Besides, in December 2006 when Maran shifted his residence to Boat Club Road, a proposal to shift the existing facilities to the new bungalow was mooted in collusion with the BSNL CGM. During this shifting process, the accused illegally obtained another 363 high end connections under service category. The CBI has estimated the loss to  exchequer  at Rs 1,78,71,391.

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