2G: After Raja, Dayanidhi Maran to be grilled by CBI

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New Delhi, Jun 15: Amid the demand of his resignation from the Union Textile Minister post, Dayanidhi Maran soon will be grilled by the investigative agency Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in relation to 2G spectrum scam.

Maran, who was the telecom minister before A Raja's tenure, will face CBI investigation before Jun 1, sources confirmed.

Maran had allegedly 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 name 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.

Later, former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran accused Maran of forcing him (Sivasankaran) to sell his company to Maxis.

Opposition parties already have raised voice against the DMK leader and demanded Maran's resignation. The latest criticism came from Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa when she visited the national capital for the first time after winning the assembly election 2011.

In her meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Jayalalithaa on Jun 14 hinted that she may join UPA government if Maran will table his resignation.

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