New Delhi: Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran’s appeal against his trial in the illegal telephone exchange case lasted only two minutes in the Supreme Court on Monday. With a sharp retort from a Bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Maran’s lawyer had no chance in convincing the Court for a favourable order.
The court said: “The High Court had interfered because you were the telecom minister at the relevant time. You got a PLI line installed at your house. You had 30 baby telephone lines from this PLI line. In turn, these 30 lines had 300 different telephone lines. And these were used for the business of your brother (Kalanithi) who ran a TV channel.”
Justice Gogoi added: “Go and face the trial”. Last week, the Madras High Court had set aside a lower court order discharging all the accused, including the Maran brothers, in the Illegal Telephone Exchange case.
The CBI has alleged that an illegal private telephone exchange was set up at the residence of Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai during 2004-06 when he was the telecom minister and it was used for the business transactions involving the Sun Network owned by Kalanithi.