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New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday plea by former telecom minister and DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran seeking stay of the cancellation of his anticipatory bail in telephone exchange case by the Madras High Court.

The apex court bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur directed the hearing of matter on Wednesday after senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the court that Maran has been investigated in the matter twice in 2014 and twice in 2015.

The Madras High Court by an order on Monday cancelled the anticipatory bail that it had granted to Maran in June, saying that he should face interrogation by the CBI.

(IANS)

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Telephone exchange case: SC instructs CBI to question Maran

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for six days, accusing him of misleading the investigation in the telephone exchange case.

The CBI alleged Maran of giving ambiguous and inconsistent answers, as well as retractions to them continually from July 1 to 3, 2015,  “deliberately hiding facts in his exclusive knowledge” told the CBI to the court.

The case bench was headed by Justice T S Thakur, who told the former minister to cooperate and respond to the queries posed by the CBI. Maran has to be present in the CBI premises from November 30 to December 5 between 11 AM to 5 PM.

The court also instructed CBI to report again if the Maran avoids the questions and doesn’t assist with the probe.

“However, we will not grant you custodial interrogation at the moment,” the court clarified to CBI.

The apex court also said that his custodial cross-examination is obligatory to uncover essential parts of the case as it suspects larger conspiracy around the actual use of networks for the benefit of Sun TV. These rights were exclusive in the knowledge of the minister and it counts for the real loss caused by the illicit practice of high-end telecom services.

The DMK leader Maran had applied to the Supreme Court once the Madras High Court annulled his interim pre-emptive bail and asked him to surrender before CBI.

CBI had registered a First Investigation Report against Maran as well as others asserting that over 300 high-speed telephone lines were connected to his residence in Chennai. Allegedly the lines were further extended to Kalanithi Maran, his brother and owner of SUN TV channel.

The court has also mentioned the pattern of questions to be asked by the CBI, that gave the order for the installation of the high-speed lines, why such an order was given, if at all, etc.

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CBI vs Maran: SC gives Maran a week to respond

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Former communications minister Dayanidhi Maran has been given a week’s time by the Supreme Court – two member bench of Justice T.S. Tha