High Court asks DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran to surrender in 3 days

Interim anticipatory bail cancelled over non-cooperation & suppression of information from investigators .

Chennai : Cancelling the interim anticipatory bail granted to former Union Telecom Minister and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran in the illegal telephone exchange case, the Madras High Court on Monday directed him to surrender before the CBI Court here within three days.

The CBI had moved the court to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to Maran, accusing him of non-cooperation and suppressing information from investigators.

“When a number of under-trials have been languishing in jails even for committing petty offences, why should Dayanidhi Maran be extend-ed special concession by enlarging him on bail, when serious allegations of corruption, cheating and causing wrongful loss to the exchequer of the Government to the tune of crores of rupees have been attributed to him,” Justice S Vaidyanathan said in his order. The judge said that his judicial conscience prevented him from enlarging Maran on bail.

The CBI”s charge is that between 2004 and 2007 when Maran was Minister he had illegally got a BSNL telephone exchange installed at his private and official residences in Chennai and New Delhi and connected these lines to the office of Sun TV owned by his elder brother Kalanithi Maran for uplinking and transmission of heavy video files.

“I find that Dayanidhi Maran has been involved in serious offences, wherein allegations of corruption, cheating and causing wrongful loss to the exchequer of the Government to the tune of crores of rupees have been attributed; it is learnt from media that accusations were also made against him in Aircel-Maxis deal and Tata-Rupert Murdoch DTH project,” the judge said.

Refusing to buy Maran”s argument that the cases were foisted out of political vendetta, the judge said if the CBI was keen on humiliating him, the agency would have arrested him by now.  The judge granted time to Maran to surrender before the CBI court by 4.30 pm on August 13.

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