CBI files case against Maran

CBI files case against Maran

After two years of investigation, the CBI has registered a case against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and BSNL officials for allegedly allotting 300 high-speed telephone lines to Maran’s residence in Chennai.

The connections were allegedly used by Sun TV, owned by his brother Kalanidhi Maran. The agency had questioned Maran last year for allegedly forcing the promoter of Chennai-based telecom company Aircel to sell his firm to Malaysia’s Maxis in 2006.

The CBI had wrapped up its probe into the allotment of telephone connections in July this year.

A preliminary enquiry was filed nearly four years after getting complaints that a “telephone exchange” was set up at Maran’s house for facilitating data transfer from Sun TV.
Maran was the telecom minister during UPA I regime. He was made textiles minister in UPA II regime, but resigned after his name cropped up in the 2G scam.

Sources said the CBI has found enough material to proceed with a regular case against Maran and former BSNL chief general managers M K Bramhanathan and M P Veluswami. Maran could not be contacted for comments.

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