CBI files chargesheet against Dayanidhi Maran in illegal telephone exchange case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a charge sheet against the former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others in the illegal telephone exchange case.

CBI files chargesheet against Dayanidhi Maran in illegal telephone exchange case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday filed a charge sheet against the former Telecom Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, his brother Kalanithi Maran and others in the illegal telephone exchange case.

The CBI charged Maran for allegedly installing 764 high-speed telephone lines at two of his residences in Chennai in 2013. Maran came under scanner after it was alleged that he used his official position to favour his brother Kalanithi by installing the high-speed telephone lines and not raising bills for the same when he was minister during the UPA regime.



The CBI alleged that the high-speed data lines at the Maran’s residence, which were used by his brother Kalanithi Maran's Sun TV channel, causing loss of Rs. 1.78 crore to the exchequer.

The CBI booked the brothers for criminal conspiracy, criminal breach, forgery of valuable security and other sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Besides the Maran brothers, two former Chief General Managers of BSNL, two executives of Sun TV Network and the personal secretary of Dayanidhi have been named in the charge sheet.


CBI filed case in a Special Court in Chennai under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and forgery and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The others named in the charge sheet are the former Minister's then personal secretary and two BSNL Chief General Managers (now retired).


Maran, a senior leader of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), was twice Lok Sabha member from the Chennai Central constituency. The CBI claimed that, between June 2004 and December 2006, about 364 telephone lines were installed at Maran's residence at Gopalapuram, Chennai.