BSNL illegal telephone exchange case: Special CBI court discharges Maran brothers

Chennai, March 14: A special CBI court discharged DMK leader and former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and Sun TV group head Kalanithi Maran and five others in connection with the alleged illegal telephone exchange case.

The seven had filed a discharge plea which the court allowed on the grounds of lack of prima facie material against them.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had alleged a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the government due to the installation of alleged an illegal telephone exchange at Dayanidhi Maran’s house which was used for the functioning of Sun TV.

The others who were discharged include 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 K.S. Ravi.

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

As a couple of months ago, the party’s Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi and former Telecom Minister A. Raja were acquitted by a court for their alleged involvement in 2G spectrum case.


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