Former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran was ‘evasive’ on several points during examination by the CBI for three consecutive days in New Delhi in connection with a probe into an illegal telephone exchange that was allegedly being run from his Chennai residence, CBI sources claimed. “He was found to be evasive on several points. His answers on other points are being verified. He may be summoned again,” a CBI source said.
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The CBI had registered a case on July 23, 2013 against Maran, then Chief General Managers of Chennai telephones — K B Brahmadathan and M P Velusamy — and others under IPC sections of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust by public servant, and cheating and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
It was alleged during the period from June 2004 to June 2007, Maran and other officials of BSNL, Chennai entered into a criminal conspiracy and caused huge financial loss to the government exchequer. It was further alleged that public servants of Chennai Telephones provided 300 lines of high end telecommunication facilities — ISDN, BRA, PRA, broadband Connections and leased line circuits — at the residence of Maran, then Union Minister of Communication and IT. These facilities were treated under service category and no bills were allegedly raised for them. These connections were allegedly used by Maran for Sun TV owned by his elder brother Kalanithi.