Aircel-Maxis case: Dayanidhi Maran, brother fail to appear in Chennai CBI court

Chennai: Former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran, listed as main accused in the illegal telephone connections case, failed to appear in a CBI court in Chennai on Sunday.

File image of Dayanidhi Maran. AFP

File image of Dayanidhi Maran. AFP

Four others accused in the case appeared in the court in connection with the issuance of charge-sheet copies. CBI had on 9 December, 2016, filed a charge-sheet against Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanithi among others, for allegedly using 764 high-speed data lines at the former's residence which were used by Sun TV channel, causing a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer.

The high-end telecommunication facilities were illegally under the service category for which bills were not raised for 2004-2007. S Kannan, the chief technical assistant of Sun TV and V Gowthaman, the then additional private secretary to Dayanidhi Maran, K S Ravi, the electrician of Sun TV and a BSNL official Velusamy, who were named as the other accused in the charge-sheet, appeared before the judge Monday.

The CBI judge then adjourned the matter for 6 June.

Updated Date: May 22, 2017 15:56 PM

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