Former Union Minister Dhayanidhi Maran and his elder brother, SUN Tv supreme Kalanidhi Maran were discharged from the decade old Illegal Telephone Exchange case by the special court for CBI cases. The Special judge Natarajan discharged all the seven accused from the case since there was no prima facie evidence to prove the charges against them. CBI accused, Dhayanidhi Maran, during the check period of June 2004 to December 2006, when he was Union minister for communication and information technology, had misused his office and installed a private telephone exchange at his residences in Chennai and utilised the facility for business transactions involving Sun Network.
It was alleged by CBI that he had caused a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer. More than 700 telecom lines had been installed at their residences in Boat Club and Gopalapuram. Among the accused were former BSNL general manager K Brahmnathan, former deputy general manager M P Velusamy and Dayanidhi Maran’s private secretary Gauthaman.