Wednesday, September 28, 2011

‘300 phone lines’ at Dayanidhi’s house: CBI set to go there next

File photo of Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran during a meeting in New Delhi - PTI
The CBI is all set to register a Preliminary Enquiry into allegations that as Telecom Minister between 2004 and 2007, Dayanidhi Maran had instructed BSNL to install over 300 high-speed telephone lines at his Chennai residence.
The telephones were allegedly used by a television channel owned by Maran’s brother through underground cables laid from the minister’s residence to the Sun TV office. These were ISDN lines capable of carrying television programming.
“Our investigations have reached a stage where we are ready to register a preliminary enquiry. It can be registered any time now,” a CBI source said.
Maran, who had to resign from the UPA government in July this year over his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam, has denied the allegations and said only one telephone connection was installed at his residence.
The news had first come out in June this year when a CBI internal note became public. The telephone exchange at Maran’s house was said to have been operational for several months in 2007. The CBI had informed the Telecom Ministry in 2007 about the misuse of telephone lines and recommended action against Maran.

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