CHENNAI: Nearly seven years after the exposure of a clandestine operation of a telephone exchange from the former Union Telecom and IT Minister, Dayanidhi Maran’s house in Chennai for illegal transmission of data for Sun TV, the enquiry by Central Bureau of Investigation is yet to gain ground.
The officials are still trying to gather evidence. A special team of CBI, which was in Chennai to conduct the enquiry, returned to New Delhi and has started summoning Sun TV officials for investigations there.
Sources claimed the transfer of preliminary investigation from Chennai to CBI in New Delhi by the UPA government resulted in delay of investigation.
The preliminary investigation was started in Chennai as the crime had happened here besides, the accused in the case were also stationed in the city.
“What was the need to transfer the investigation to New Delhi. It is not linked to the 2G spectrum scam,” a source added.
It is learnt that the investigation into the scam had been progressing smoothly and an FIR would have been registered against Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai itself in a matter of few days.
But then the investigation was transferred suddenly to New Delhi which delayed it. It was only after a petition in the Supreme Court was filed by noted economist and journalist, S Gurumurthy last year that the enquiry gained some momentum.
“It is just open and shut case. All they have to do is to check whether the cables as well as the lines exist or not.Besides, quizzing BSNL officials on whose permission this special privilege was accorded to Marans,” a source said.