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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dayanidhi Maran denies misusing Telecoms office

Even as the DMK continues to reel under the arrest of senior leader and former Telecom Minister A Raja over the 2G spectrum scam, yet another leader, Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran, is now accused in another telecom scam.

Dayanidhi Maran's troubles seem to be growing day-by-day. The allegations against him on his conduct while he was telecom minister took a new turn when it was alleged that he misused his official position to get BSNL to install a mini-exchange at his Chennai residence to benefit his brothers firm Sun TV. Journalist S Gurumruthy who uncovered this angle says the CBI has made a request to register a case against Maran.

In the line of fire over allegations of a quid pro quo in the 2G scam, Union minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday (02-June-2011) rejected charges that his family owned Sun Television Network was a beneficiary of pay-offs by a Malaysian company which benefitted from equity sold by Aircel.

Talking to reporters at the Chennai airport on Thursday night, he said, "The allegations are a systematically planned campaign to malign me and my party."

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