Central office: Madras HC orders the reframing of the charges against the Maran brothers

The Madras High Court on Friday rejected the requests of former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and three other people to quash the charges brought against them by a special court for CBI cases in the alleged illegal exchange of BSNL.

However, Judge AD Jagadish Chandira referred the case to the Special Court for making the charges in accordance with the law, as the petitioners alleged that there were certain errors, such as the laying of charges. against all accused without any evidence to justify their individual involvement.

He added that, if necessary, the public prosecutor could help the special court by presenting draft indictments.

Representing on behalf of Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, his lawyer argued that the basic premise of the IWC was false and that, as a result, his client, who had caused the telecommunications revolution in the country, should not be put to the test. to face the trial without any basis whatsoever.

He stated that his client's complaint of more than 760 telephone connections at his home during his ministerial mandate was completely false. He claimed that Mr. Maran only got 10 contacts at his home in Chennai and about 12 to 13 contacts in Delhi. Several "child" relationships were associated with these parenting relationships.

Even if not, the law did not prevent a minister from obtaining multiple telephone connections given the nature of the work he was doing. It was also argued that the IWC was based on a mistaken assumption that a cap of three telephone connections imposed on members of Parliament would apply to ministers.

The former minister also claimed that there was no evidence to prove that the telephone links obtained by the minister were illegally used by Sun TV Network, owned by his older brother. He added that telephone connections could at most be used only for televised telephone programs and that there was no material to prove such use.

Although the Supreme Court refused to interfere in the March 14 High Court order of 25 July, quashing the release of the seven accused by the special court, Dayanidhi Maran said. would not prevent the court from considering the charges made pursuant to these orders and canceling them if they were found to be unacceptable.

In addition to the Maran brothers, the SUN TV electrician, KS Ravi, the former secretary's personal secretary, V. Gowthaman, and the technical manager of the television network, S. Kannan, also sought to have the accusations overturned. .

Former Chief Executive Officers of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) K.B. Brahmadathan and M.P. Velusamy, who were the other two accused in the case, had not filed any motion to challenge the charges against them.