Dayanidhi facing the music over BSNL scandal
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Dayanidhi facing the music over BSNL scandal

Court cancels Dayanidhi Maran's bail

Dayanidhi Maran will now face arrest as the Madras high court cancelled his "six-week, interim and conditional anticipatory bail" which had been granted to him on June 30.

However, former Union telecom minister Maran has been granted three days to surrender.

The judge said "had caused a huge financial loss to the exchequer by misusing his official position" which became ground for bail cancellation.

Timeline

30 Jul 2013: Dayanidhi Maran and the case of misused lines

In 2010, reports claimed the alottment of more than 300 telephone lines to DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran's residence in Chennai.

The lines were illegally linked with his brother Kalanithi Maran's television channel.

On 30 July 2013, CBI found the charges to be true.

These lines were used for commercial purpose; Sun TV levied heavy fees for digital data services which it got for free.

Fact: Whistleblower to lose pension for exposing Maran

CK Mathivanan, a Sub-Divisional Engineer of BSNL who was the whistleblower in the Rs.440 crore telephone exchange scandal, lost his pension benefits for exposing the minister.

7 Jun 2014: Sun's former and serving executives interrogated

Sun's former and serving executives interrogated

Tightening its noose around Maran's neck the CBI called-on former Kalaignar TV managing director Sharad Kumar, for questioning.

Kumar's summons came shortly after the questioning of another ex Sun executive, Hansraj Saxena.

CBI planned to interrogate more of Sun's executives including the ones who served on its Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada channels in the following days.

22 Jan 2015: Maran lashes out at CBI for 'fixing' him

On 21 January 2015, CBI arrested Dayanidhi Maran's close aide V Gowthaman, S Kannan and LS Ravi in the illegal telephone exchange case.

The next day, Maran accused the agency of attempting "to fix" him on the orders of a RSS leader from Tamil Nadu.

Maran said that those arrested were being forced to complain against him and give a "false statement".

17 Feb 2015: BSNL case accused denied bail

The CBI court in Chennai rejected the bail pleas by those arrested and remanded to judicial custody with respect to the illegal telephone exchange case.

The court had previously granted permission on 5 February 2015 to the CBI to question the accused in jail.

The court said that the bail if given, may hamper the investigation due to the influence of their employer Maran.

Fact: Opposition aims guns at Maran

Taking a dig at Maran, AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalitha said that the former telecom minister was running a 'private telephone exchange' from his house itself.

1 Jul 2015: Maran granted anticipatory bail

Maran granted anticipatory bail

On 30 June 2015, the Madras high court furbished anticipatory bail to Dayanidhi Maran in the illegal telephone exchange case.

The CBI sought the cancellation of bail.

Justice R Subbiah granted the bail and directed Maran to appear before the CBI and to cooperate with them

On 1 July, Maran was questioned by the Special Task Force at the CBI headquarters for 8 hours.

10 Aug 2015: Court cancels Dayanidhi Maran's bail

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