NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday extended the stay on a Madras High Court order cancelling the bail of former Telecom Minister and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran in the alleged telephone exchange case while the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has requested for his custodial interrogation.
A bench of Justice T S Thakur and Justice V Gopala Gowda gave more time to Maran as senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the court they needed a week’s time to file their response to the CBI’s reply to Maran’s plea challenging the investigating agency’s move for his custodial interrogation. The court directed the listing of the matter on October 1 as Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta sought the date informing the court that Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi was leading the CBI’s case and requested for the next hearing on that date.
In the affidavit, the CBI has accused Maran of giving evasive and contradictory replies, retractions and deliberately hiding facts in his exclusive knowledge during his continuous questioning from July 1-3 this year. While seeking his custodial interrogation, the CBI said, “We assure the court that no physical harm will come to Maran in custody as the police officers would conduct themselves in a responsible manner.” The CBI added that there is every possibility that Maran would influence the witnesses.