With the Opposition and detractors calling for Maran"s ouster from the Cabinet, the latest comment from Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Murli Manohar Joshi will only add fuel to fire. In an interview with NDTV channel, Joshi stated that he had suggested a probe in to Maran"s role in the spectrum scam and also shared the view with the Prime Minister.
Joshi said, “It was Maran who started what is today known as the 2G scam. It was on his instance that the power to allocate spectrum was taken away from the Group of Ministers and given to Department of Telecom. His role should be probed and this has been mentioned in the PAC report."
In what could spell renewed trouble for Maran and company, the point of controversy was when there were allegations that Maran misused his power and authority by denying telecom license to Chennai-based Aircel and later bent the rules when the company was sold off to a company called Maxis that had business interests in the family owned business of the Maran"s Sun TV.
With Maran refuting all allegations and feigning innocence in the scheme of things says, “I own no shares or any interest in Sun Direct TV or Astro. I was not even a minister when Astro invested in Sun Direct TV."
While DMK faces in the Centre is going through a grueling time, the Opposition along with the newly-voted in Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa is hell-bent on seeking Maran"s resignation. With reports coming out that the CBI will question Dayanidhi Maran on his role in the spectrum scam; the issue is gaining notoriety, more so for those involved.