Setback to Marans HC sets aside court order discharging them from illegal exchange case

Setback to Marans: HC sets aside court order discharging them from illegal exchange case

The Madras High Court on Wednesday set aside a lower court order discharging all the accused, including the Maran brothers, in the alleged illegal telephone exchange case.

Allowing the appeal filed by the CBI, Justice G Jaichandran directed a special CBI court to frame charges and conclude the trial within 12 months from the date of receipt of copy of the order.

The high court rejected the preliminary objection raised by the Marans against the appeal moved by the CBI challenging a special court’s order.

Justice G Jayachandran remitted back the case to the special court for CBI cases and directed the court to continue the trial.

As a result, all the seven accused, including Maran brothers, will be facing the trail before the special court for CBI cases in Chennai.

On March 14, special judge Natarajan said he was discharging all seven accused from the case since there was no prima facie evidence to prove the charges against them.

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

Other accused who were discharged are former BSNL general manager K Brahmanathan, former deputy general manager M P Velusamy, Dayanidhi Maran’s private secretary Gauthaman and some Sun TV officials.