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Telephone Exchange Case: Madras High Court Rejects Maran Brothers' Plea To Quash CBI Charges

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| November 9 , 2018 , 16:15 IST

The Madras High Court has rejected a plea by Maran brothers Kalanithi Maran and Dayanidhi Maran on Friday to quash charges framed against them by a CBI court in the illegal telephone exchange case.

The Maran brothers will now have to face trials in the scam that rocked the UPA-II government. It is learnt that in June this year, the CBI had contended that the trial court was wrung in discharging Maran brothers and other accused in the "illegal" telephone exchange case, saying a prima facie case had been made out against them.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had alleged that Dayanidhi Maran had 'misused his power' when he was the Union telecom minister in the previous United Progressive Alliance government. Maran had allegedly set up an illegal telephone exchange at his residence to aid their family business of Sun Group in their television and cable transactions.

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The Madras HC had also refused a plea by the counsel for Maran brothers to adjourn the hearing on the appeal till next month end due to non-availability of senior counsels. The CBI had on 9 December 2016 filed a charge sheet against Dayanidhi Maran and Kalanithi, among others, for allegedly using 764 high-speed data lines at the former's residence which were used by Sun TV channel, causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the state exchequer.

According to the CBI, Maran, during the period of June 2004 to December 2006, when he was Union minister for communication and information technology, had misused his office and installed a private telephone exchange at his residences in Chennai and utilised the facility for business transactions involving Sun Network.