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Maran bros discharged in telephone exchange case; Vindicated

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

In a relief to and former Maran, a special here today discharged him, his brother and five other accused in the "illegal" case.

Holding that there was no sufficient material to frame charges against any of them, S allowed the petitions filed by the Maran brothers and others seeking their discharge.

The had on March 9 reserved orders for today in the case related to alleged 700 set up at the residence of Maran in 2004-06 when he was the and its 'misuse' for owned by his brother.

Other accused who have been discharged are former K Brahmanathan, former deputy general manager M P Velusamy, Maran's V Gauthaman, and K S Ravi and S Kannan of

"I now stand vindicated..I believe in our judicial system, I am so happy that justice has triumphed," Dayanidhi told Times Now, reacting to the court's verdict.

He dubbed the charges against him in the case as "exaggerated lies, sensationalised lies."

"CBI had to please someone's ego and they were forced to file the case," he charged adding the people had a right to know as to why a "fake case" was filed when there was no evidence.

This is the second corruption case by CBI where DMK leaders have got legal relief.

Earlier, a Delhi special court had acquitted former union and A Raja and member Kanimozhi, daughter of party patriarch M Karunanidhi, in the

In his over 100-page order, the said no evidence was produced with regard to phone line connections as alleged by CBI.

"This court comes to the conclusion that the prosecution has not produced sufficient material to establish allegations against who was shown as third accused, that he got more phone connections with a mala fide intention to use the same for Sun TV," the Judge said.

Referring to Kalanithi, the seventh accused in the case, Judge said the had not been made an accused by the prosecution.

Besides, there wasno evidence to show Kalanithi, of Sun TV, was vicariously liable for the alleged offences, he added.

The CBI in its charge sheet had alleged that an illegal private was set up at the city residence of Dayanidhi during 2004-06 when he was the and used for the business transactions involving the Sun Network owned by his brother

The central agency had alleged that Dayanidhi had caused a loss of Rs 1.78 crore to the exchequer.

During the hearing of the discharge petitions, the Maran brothers and others argued that they were innocent and did not commit any irregularities as alleged by the prosecution.

Kabil Sibal, who had appeared for the Maran brothers, had contended that the case was foisted on them.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 20:00 IST