Giving a major jolt to the Maran brothers, the Madras High Court, today, rejected their plea to quash charges framed against them by a CBI court, in the illegal telephone exchange case.
Both Kalanithi Maran and Dayanithi maran had contended that the accusation was “lame” and wanted it to be quashed. They claimed that the CBI court’s charges were based on the information officer’s opinion and not materials available on record.
Last month, the High Court declined to grant any interim relief to former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his elder brother Kalanithi Maran in trial proceedings against them in a CBI court in the “illegal” telephone exchange case.
A CBI court in Chennai, on August 30, had framed charges and ordered trial of Dayanidhi Maran and six others in the case of alleged setting up of “illegal” telephone exchange to benefit the Sun TV of his brother Kalanithi Maran, during the period between 2004 and 2006.
The charges date back to the time when Dayanidhi Maran, a grandnephew of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi, was Union minister for telecommunications and information technology in the UPA-1 government.