New Delhi, July 9: The Central Bureau of Investigation says that it will approach the Madras High Court seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail given to Dayanidhi Maran.
The CBI has indicated that the questioning of Maran in connection with the illegal telephone exchange scam has led to concrete evidence to suggest that he had allegedly misused his power and position as the Union Telecom Minister.
The CBI may arrest Maran if the High Court vacates the order of anticipatory bail granted to him. It has been found during the investigation that Maran had not only destroyed evidence but also came up with a unique plan to run the BSNL lines from his home.
How Maran ran the illegal exchange?
The Central Bureau of Investigation which questioned Maran for nearly 16 hours has found that he had concealed the truth. He had told the CBI that he ran just one BSNL line from his Boat Road residence.
However investigations revealed that he had instructed the BSNL in Chennai to install a primary rate interface line at his Boat House residence. This line could send and also receive nearly 30 calls at one time.
When Maran was asked about this he had told the investigators that he has installed just one line under the service category and hence had done no wrong. However the CBI found that while the Maran had claimed that this line was installed under the service category, in reality the same was used for commercial purposes which in turn helped Sun TV transmit data much faster.
It was found that he had availed these services by not paying any rent or installation charges which in turn led to a loss of Rs 1.8 crore to the exchequer of the government.
The CBI has also collected documentary evidence which suggests that Maran had in fact signed on documents asking the BSNL to install these lines.
Will move HC against anticipatory bail order
The CBI during his interrogation of Maran found him to be evasive. They also found that he had allegedly destroyed evidence at his residence as the probe agency reached up to him.
He was asked several times about the misuse of power and position but Maran replied that he had done no wrong. However the CBI says that the evidence that they have managed to gather have a different story to tell.
The CBI however cannot arrest Maran now as he has an order of anticipatory bail from the Madras High Court. Maran had sought anticipatory bail apprehending arrest.
The CBI now plans on moving the High Court seeking cancellation of the anticipatory bail. When asked if they would arrest him, the CBI officer says, " let us see what order the Madras High Court passes.