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Admin Reporter- Pooja

Nov 09 2018


Telephone exchange case: Madras HC orders reframing of charges against Maran brothers

The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed petitions filed by former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and three others to quash all charges framed against them by a special court for CBI cases in the alleged illegal BSNL telephone exchange case.

Justice A.D. Jagadish Chandira, however, remanded the matter to the special court for framing of charges in accordance with law since the petitioners had claimed that there were certain errors such as framing of common charges against all accused without any material to substantiate individual involvement.

He added that, if necessary, the prosecution could assist the special court by submitting draft charges.

Appearing on behalf of Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, his counsel had argued that the basic premise on which the CBI had rested its case itself was false and therefore his client, who had brought in telecommunication revolution in the country, should not be put through the ordeal of facing the trial without any basis whatsoever.

He said the charge of his client having obtained more than 760 telephone connections at his residence, during his ministership, was completely wrong. He asserted that Mr. Maran had obtained only 10 connections at his residence in Chennai and ‪around 12 to 13‬ connections in Delhi. These parent connections had several “child numbers” attached to them.

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