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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Chennai Police summons Kalanidhi Maran

Chennai Police have summoned Kalanidhi Maran, the elder brother of former Telecom and Textile Minister Dayanidhi Maran. The police have summoned Kalanidhi who heads the SUN TV Network which is the Maran-family-run business.
Kalanidhi Maran
Born in 1964 in a family deep-rooted in politics, Kalanidhi is the son of former Union Minister of commerce Murasoli Maran, brother of ex-textile minister Dayanidhi Maran and grandnephew of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.

A business owner, a media baron and the Forbes billionaire- Kalanidhi Maran, 47, owns television channels, magazines, news papers, DTH Service and FM Radio stations in South India. Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Sun TV Networks, Kalanidhi is television king of Southern India where his Sun TV rules.

A film distributor in Tamil Nadu has accused Sun Pictures of cheating and criminal intimidation. The Chief Operating Officer of Sun Pictures, Hansraj Saxena, was arrested recently.

Mr. Selvaraj alleged that he was cheated and threatened by Sun Pictures in connection with the release and distribution of the Tamil movie, Theeratha Vilaiyattu Pillai, the sources added.

“We have summoned Mr. Kalanithi Maran in his capacity as head of Sun Pictures. Since there are complaints of cheating, extortion, criminal intimidation against the Sun Pictures, we need to make enquiries with him,” a senior police official said.

PTI adds:

The counsel for Mr Kalanidhi has sought time saying his client is out of station and would return only on July 26.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ashok Kumar told reporters that the plea has been accepted.

The film and television industry are keenly watching the outcome of this interrogation, it may be mentioned here.

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