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Express pressure forced CBI hand on Maran

Published: 02nd October 2013 08:07 AM

Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 10:16 AM

Dogged pursuit of the fraudulent telephone exchange at the Chennai home of then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran by TNIE finally resulted in the CBI registering a case against him.

In fact, TNIE broke the story in 2011 through a series of investigative reports by noted columnist S Gurumurthy.

In his expose titled ‘Minister Steals a Telephone Exchange, Loots BSNL’, on June 2, 2011, he revealed that 323 ISDN lines were smuggled through 3.4 km long secret cable along public roads to operate them for commercial purposes of SUN TV.

The CBI had investigated the matter in 2007 and sought permission to act against the offender, yet there was no forward movement.

Maran threatened to sue TNIE, but we stood by our story, saying ‘Welcome, Mr Maran’ on June 4, 2011.

Five days later, on June 9, in a report, ‘Now Will You Accept it as Wrong, Mr Maran?’ Gurumurthy furnished more evidence to nail the former minister’s lie.

He kept up the pressure by later meeting the then CBI director to take the case to its logical conclusion. When there was no forward movement, he filed a petition in the Supreme Court.

We kept track of the developments in our report, ‘With SC Asking Questions, CBI, BSNL Can’t Play Ostrich on Maran’ on January 1 this year. And on July 7 this year, we reported: ‘CBI Confirms Maran’s Misuse of BSNL Lines’. But for relentless pressure from the media and later the SC, the CBI might not have stirred into action.

TNIE will continue to follow the developments in the case as they unfold and keep you  posted.

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