Maran brothers walk free in telephone exchange case

Maran brothers discharges in BSNL illegal telephone exchange scam

A special CBI court in Chennai has discharged former Telecom Minister Dhayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi including other accused as well in the illegal telephone exchange case.

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.

Former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi Maran were discharged on the grounds that there was no prima facie material against them.

The CBI case also stated that these lines which were set up allegedly at the behest of Maran were no ordinary lines.

The other accused who were discharged in the case were former BSNL General Manager K Brahmanathan, former Deputy General Manager MP Velusamy, Dayanidhi Maran's private secretary Gauthaman and two officials of Sun TV. "The CBI undertstated the loss, limited it to cable laying expenses, leaving 800 lines user charges", he said on Twitter.

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In November, the CBI strongly opposed the discharge petitions filed by the brothers in the case.

The shares were trading at ₹942.20 a piece just before the close of trading on Wednesday.

The counsel for the Maran brothers and others had argued that they are innocent and did not commit any irregularities as alleged by the prosecution. The court held that the prosecution had failed to prove the involvement of Dayanidhi and his brother Kalanithi Maran.

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

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