CBI Grills Ex-Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran

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New Delhi: CBI questioned former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in connection with the case of alleged installation of over 300 high-speed telephone lines at his Chennai residence on Monday.

This comes after the Supreme Court had rejected the demand of CBI to take Mr Maran into custody while directing the former minister to appear before the agency from 11 am to 5 pm for six days for answering its queries.

Mr Maran reached the agency headquarters in the morning where his interrogation is underway, CBI sources said.

CBI has registered an FIR against Mr Maran and others alleging that over 300 high-speed telephone lines were provided at his residence here and extended to his brother Kalanithi Maran’s SUN TV channel to enable its uplinking when Mr Dayanidhi Maran was Telecom Minister from 2004-07.

The then Chief General Manager of BSNL has claimed that the telephone exchange was set up on the oral order of the then minister, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Supreme Court.

It was challenged before the apex court by Mr Maran where CBI had claimed his custodial interrogation by the probe agency which said it needed his custody to unravel the “actual conspiracy” as the telephone lines were allegedly used by his family-run Sun TV.

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