Providing a huge relief for Maran brothers,a Special Court trying CBI cases discharged former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran and five
others in the illegal telephone exchange case on the ground that there was no prima facie material against them.
Allowing their discharge pleas, XIV Additional Judge for CBI cases S Natarajan said “there is no prima facie material against you. Hence you are discharged from case.”
Both Dayanidhi and Kalanithi Maran and five others–the former Minister’s then personal secretary V Gowthaman, BSNL former Chief General Manager K Brahmanathan, former Deputy General Manager M Velusamy, Sun TV Network Chief Technical Officer S Kannan and electrician K.S.Ravi- who were cited as accused in the case.
Stating that there was no prima facie evidence to prove the charges against them, the Judge also said there was no malafide intention.
During the arguments, Counsel for Dayanidhi Maran had said that the case against them was politically motivated.
It may be recalled that the CBI had filed the chargesheet against the Maran brothers, two retired Chief General Managers of BSNL, the Additional Private Secretary to Dayanidhi Maran and two Sun TV Network staffs under Sections 120-B read with 409, 467 and 471 of
IPC and section 13(2) read with 13(1)(c) and (1) (d) of Prevention
of Corruption Act, 1988.
The CBI registered a case on July 23, 2013 against them on the allegations of installing a number of high end telecommunication facilities having PRA/BRA/ISDN/Leased Line at the residence of Dayanidhi Maran at Chennai, illegally under service category and did not raise bills for the same during the period 2004 to 2007, thereby causing Rs 1.78 crore loss to the exchequer.