Telephone exchange case: CBI to appeal in HC Maran brothers discharge

Maran brothers discharges in BSNL illegal telephone exchange scam

Marans discharged in phone scam case

Chennai: In a major relief to former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanithi Maran, who heads the Sun Group, a CBI court in Chennai on Wednesday discharged both from the illegal telephone exchange case citing there is no prima facie case against them.

When asked if there is any lesson that he has learnt, Dayanidhi Maran says, "Believe in judiciary".

Referring to Kalanithi, the seventh accused in the case, Judge Natarajan said the Sun TV had not been made an accused by the prosecution. The CBI alleges this "scam" caused the exchequer a loss of Rs 1.78 crore.

Apart from the Marans, the agency also charged former BSNL general manager K Brahmnathan, former deputy general manager M P Velusamy and Dayanidhi's private secretary Gauthaman.

"The case is not even tried". Even the NIE article was a better charge sheet than the one CBI filed. The 764 high-speed data lines of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) were then allegedly used for doing business transactions involving Sun Network, a channel run by his brother Kalanithi Maran.

During the hearing of the discharge petitions, the Maran brothers and others argued that they were innocent and did not commit any irregularities as alleged by the prosecution. "There is incriminating evidence to prove their involvement in the crime", TOI quotes the counsel as saying on February 27.

Senior counsel Kabil Sibal appeared for the Maran brothers. Recently, former telecom minister A Raja and Rajya Sabha MP MK Kanimozhi - both DMK leaders - too were acquitted in the 2G case.

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