Maran bros discharged in telephone exchange case; Vindicated

Maran bros discharged in telephone exchange case; Vindicated

A special court for CBI cases discharged former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanidhi Maran, along with five others, from the decade-old illegal telephone exchange case on Wednesday.

When their discharge petitions came up for hearing before XIV additional special court for CBI cases in the morning, special judge S. Natarajan posted the matter to 2.30 pm for pronouncing verdict on their plea.

The CBI had accused the Maran brothers of causing loss of ₹1.76 crore to exchequer. The Court said that prosecution failed to prove the case.

"Dayanidhi Maran has abused his official position as a Union minister and member of parliament in getting illegal telephone connections to Sun Network owned by his brother Kalanithi Maran".

In the illegal telephone exchange case, along with Maran brothers, former Minister's then personal secretary V Gowthaman; former chief general managers of BSNL, Chennai circle K Brahmanathan; former deputy general manager of BSNL M Velusamy; Sun TV network's vice-president (technical) S Kannan; and technician K S Ravi, the co accused are also discharged of the charges.

The discharge in the illegal telephone exchange case and the earlier acquittal in the Aircel-Maxis deal is a huge relief for the Maran clan.

More than 700 telecom lines had been installed at their residences in Boat Club and Gopalapuram here, the agency charged. "The CBI undertstated the loss, limited it to cable laying expenses, leaving 800 lines user charges", he said on Twitter.

Senior counsel Kabil Sibal, who had appeared for the Maran brothers, had contended that the case was foisted on them. The brothers, who were once powerful in the DMK's first family and also in the party, have been maintaining a low key for the past few years, after the DMK has been out of power in the state.

This is the second major legal victory for a DMK leader.

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