Maran in new trouble; Sun TV prospectus exposes his lies

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Dayanidhi Maran
New Delhi, Jun 3: It seems like Union Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran will soon join his party leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi in Tihar jail. A latest media report alleged that Maran has lied by saying that he or his family members never gained any financial benefits during his tenure as a Telecom Minister.

A report aired by Times Now channel alleged that Maran had misused his powers when he was Telecom Minister. According to the IPO prospectus published by Sun TV on Apr 16, 2006, the company intended to enter the telecom sector, which was then controlled by Maran. The report alleged that the Sun TV, which is controlled by Dayanidhi Maran's brother Kalanidhi Maran, gained several benefits as Dayanidhi Maran's names appeared in promoters list.

Earlier while denying the allegations of secret BSNL telephone exchange, Maran said that he "have not done any thing wrong and not benefited anyone" during his tenure as a Telecom minister. But the latest reports clearly shows that Sun TV entered to Telecom sector during the period Maran, who held the telecom ministry from 2004 to 2007.

Further contradicting Maran's claim, the report added that Astro All Asia Networks (owned by Maxis) invested Rs 600 crores and announced joint venture with Sun TV in Apr 2007, when Maran was the Telecom Minister. Maxis gained telecom license for Aircel after investing in Sun TV.

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