BSNL case: CBI court to frame fresh charges against Marans
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BSNL case: CBI court to frame fresh charges against Marans

S.Murari

Chennai, Aug 21: A special CBI court here has said it will frame fresh charges on Aug 30 against former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother and Sun Network owner Kalanidhi Maran in the case relating to installation of an illegal private exchange in the residences of Dayanidhi by the BSNL.

The CBI case is that when Dayanidhi Maran was Telecom Minister from June 2004 to December 2006, he misused his position to get a 700-line exchange installed in his Boat Club and Gopalapuram residences in Chennai and used it for business transactions of the Sun Network, causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the government.

The 14th Additional Court for CBI cases judge R Vasanthi has said the charges will be framed on Aug 30 and directed all the seven accused, including the then general manager of the BSNL K Brahmanaathan to appear in person that day.

The CBI court decision followed the rejection by the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the Maran’s appeal against a Madras High Court verdict quashing the trial court order discharging them from the case. The apex court last week directed the Maran brothers to face trial.

While quashing the March 14 order of the trial judge for CBI cases S Natarajan, the High Court directed it to continue the trial and complete framing of charges within 12 weeks.

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