Maran brothers discharged in ‘illegal telephone exchange’ case

CHENNAI: Belying the hype surrounding the decade-old ‘illegal telephone trade’ case in opposition to former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanithi Maran, a unique court for CBI instances here discharged the brothers pronouncing the investigating company had didn't maintain charges in opposition to them.
Special pass judgement on Natarajan stated the CBI could not produce sufficient subject matter to determine the allegations in opposition to Dayanidhi that he got the alleged telephone connections with malafide goal to use them for Sun TV. He stated the CBI had additionally not presented a correct answer as to why the CD containing name records of the alleged telephone connections used to be not furnished to the court.

The particular pass judgement on additionally discharged five different accused, including former officers of BSNL Ok Brahmnathan and M P Velusamy, noting that there used to be no prima facie proof to end up the costs levelled in opposition to them.

As for Kalanithi Maran, the pass judgement on stated the Sun Network boss could not be made vicariously responsible for the alleged offences for the only reason that he used to be chairperson of the company. “CBI has not arrayed Sun TV. They have not produced any proof to show that the costs in opposition to Kalanithi are maintainable. Therefore, it's the view of the court that the costs in opposition to Kalanithi are not maintainable.”

The rate in opposition to the Marans and others used to be that throughout the take a look at length of June 2004 to December 2006, when he used to be Union minister for communications and knowledge era, Dayanidhi Maran have been equipped 764 telephone lines and high-speed information lines, and that they have been misused for Sun TV’s commercial purposes. It used to be CBI’s rate that a loss of Rs 1.78 crore have been led to to the exchequer.

Acceding to Marans’ submissions that the costs have been foisted via the company due to loss of basic technical working out via the CBI officers, the particular pass judgement on stated since Sun TV had not been made an accused via the CBI, the costs in opposition to the two employees of the channel — Kannan, chief technical officer and Ravi, electrician — also are not maintainable. The pass judgement on held that there used to be no sufficient subject matter to frame charges in opposition to any of the accused. He then allowed the discharge applications and discharged all of them from the case.

Last October, when the court used to be about to frame charges in opposition to the Maran brothers and the five different accused, they moved discharge petitions looking for to relieve them from the case. The CBI opposed the discharge pleas contending that the company has filed chargesheet in opposition to the Maran brothers and different accused only after thorough investigation, and that all the charges framed in opposition to them have been supported with subject matter and documentary proof.
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