Saying it was not a dumping ground for political fights,the Supreme Court Friday dismissed a petition to probe Dayanidhi Maran for installing an illegal telephone exchange at his house in Chennai when he was telecom minister. A bench led by Justice B S Chauhan expressed reservations against the pleas purpose and refused to entertain it. Informed that a similar plea was pending in the SC,the bench said it was in everybodys interest to prevent multiplicity of petitions.
The petitioner,K R Ramaswamy,had pleaded for an inquiry against senior DMK leader Maran for misusing public office to set up the exchange and use it to route 323 lines to the offices of his family-owned Sun TV Network,causing loss of Rs 440 crore to BSNL and to the national exchequer. A similar petition had been filed by journalist Swaminathan Gurumurthy and the apex court had on January 11 sought responses to it from the CBI and the BSNL. The court had asked Gurumurthy to first adduce before it all records related to his own prosecution.