Charges against Marans based on evidence: CBI

Urges court to reject their plea for discharge from case

Published: 11th November 2017 07:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2017 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Former Union Telecom and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran (File | PTI)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: THE charge-sheet against the Maran brothers and other accused in the multi-crore telephone exchange scam was filed only after thorough investigation with material and documentary evidence, the CBI informed the Special Court for CBI cases, on Friday.

When the petitions from former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran to discharge them from the case came up for hearing before the XIV additional judge for CBI cases Natarajan on Friday, the CBI counsel argued for the dismissal of the pleas.

Following a plea from the duo’s counsel, the court adjourned the matter till November 24 to enable him to file additional reply affidavits. The court also allowed the applications moved by the duo seeking to dispense with their appearance for the day on Friday.

According to the CBI, during the check period of June 2004 to December 2006 when Dayanidhi Maran was Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology, he misused his office and installed a private telephone exchange at his residences in Chennai and utilised the facility for business transactions involving Sun Network. He had caused a loss of `1.78 crore to the exchequer. More than 700 telecom lines had been installed at their residences, the agency charged.

Private tele exchange

According to the CBI, Dayanidhi Maran misused his office and installed a private telephone exchange at his residences in Chennai and utilised the facility for business transactions

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