Maran brothers discharged in Telephone exchange scam

Image source:PTI

Image source:PTI

The CBI will appeal in Madras High Court the discharge of former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi by a special court in alleged "illegal" telephone exchange case, officials said here today.�.

The case pertains to alleged illegal setting up of the telephone exchange at Dayanidhi Maran's residence during Dayanidhi's tenure as the Union Telecom Minister from 2004 to 2007.

When asked if there is any lesson that he has learnt, Dayanidhi Maran says, "Believe in judiciary". This is said to have cost the government exchequer a loss of Rs 1.78 crore.

While allowing the discharge petition filed by them, Special judge Natarajan said he was discharging all the seven accused from the case in the absence of prima facie evidence.

The others who were discharged were BSNL's former Chief General Manager K.Brahmanathan and former Deputy General Manager M.Velusamy, the former minister's Personal Secretary V Gowthaman, and Sun TV network employees S Kannan and KS Ravi. It is discharge which means even the charge sheet does not disclose offence.

Post the verdict, the shares of Sun TV rose to as much as 5%, closing upwards of 3% at the end of the trading day.

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.

This is the second corruption case by CBI where DMK leaders have got legal relief.

On the discharge pleas filed by the brothers, their counsel Kabil Sibal last month had contended that the case was foisted on them.

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