New Delhi, January 30: As decided yesterday by the Madras High Court while rejecting the plea filed by three accused involving Maran brothers, Former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother, Kalanithi Maran, chairman of Sun Network today appeared before a special court for CBI cases for framing of charges against them in the illegal telephone exchange case.
In the plea, they were seeking an opportunity to be granted to their counsel to make submissions before the court today in the hearing.
The counsel, R. Vasantha, appearing on the behalf of Marans pointed out yesterday’s order of High Court and said that the charges should not be framed merely on the basis of assumptions. Further, asserted that the materials collected by CBI should be shown to the accused and ask them for an explanation before any proceeding to frame any charge against them.
As per the allegations framed by CBI, Dayanidhi Maran had misused his official position and got private telephone exchanges installed at his residences in Chennai and was using these telephone lines for the purpose of transactions in their business of Sun Network.
The agency added, at the residence of Marans over 700 high-end telecommunication lines were installed for which bills were not raised in the Boat Club and Gopalapuram areas of the city, causing a loss of ₹1.78 crore to the exchequer.
Brief background of the case, last year on March 14, the Special CBI court had discharged the Maran brothers and five other accused namely former BSNL general manager K. Brahmanathan, former deputy general manager M.P. Velusamy, Dayanidhi Maran’s private secretary Gauthaman and some Sun TV official stating that there was no prima facie case against them.
Nonetheless, the Madras High Court and Supreme Court reverted back the matter to trial court to frame fresh charges against them.
While considering the assertions made by the counsel, the special Judge adjourned the matter for a few hours to decide upon the plea of defence side.