NEW DELHI: Former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Madras High Court’s decision to cancel his bail and asking him to surrender in a case related to alleged installation of telephone exchange at his residence.
A three-judge Bench comprising justices T S Thakur, V Gopala Gowda and R Banumathi allowed the plea seeking Maran’s anticipatory bail in the case for urgent hearing at the instance of senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi.
The Madras High Court had on Monday cancelled Maran’s interim anticipatory bail in the controversial telephone exchange case and directed him to surrender before the CBI within three days.
The High Court held that prima facie Maran had misused his office by getting telephone connections illegally and charges against him were backed by evidence.
The CBI had registered an FIR against Maran and others alleging that more than 300 high-speed telephone lines were provided at his residence in Chennai and extended to his brother Kalanithi Maran’s Sun TV channel to enable its uplinking when Dayanidhi was telecom minister in 2004-07.
Apprehending arrest, Maran had moved the court and Justice R Subbiah had on June 30 granted him anticipatory bail for six weeks subject to the condition that he appear before the CBI on July 1 and cooperates in the investigation. The CBI had later moved the High Court seeking cancellation of his anticipatory bail contending that he was not cooperating with the investigation.