New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran broke his silence on Thursday and refuted allegations that he had misused his position as Telecom Minister.
The latest Allegations suggest he misused his ministerial position to get free BSNL telephone lines for his brother's company Sun TV.
It is alleged that he caused a loss of crores of rupees to BSNL by using government provided telephone connections for vested interests.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is also probing allegations that Maran used his influence as Telecom Minister for the benefit of Maxis group, in the Aircel take-over. This Malaysian group later invested in Sun TV.
"There was a CBI enquiry on me that I have misused official position to get 300 phone lines. I wrote to the chief general manager that please explain to me how many lines are present in my residence. Let me quote from here - "Only one BSNL telephone was provided when you were a minister and MP at your residence", said Maran.
He added, "I have not benefitted anyone. I have not done anything wrong."
Senior lawyer and Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee member Prashant Bhushan, in an affidavit before the Supreme Court, had earlier demanded the CBI probe whether Aircel was arm-twisted by Maran to sell out to Maxis. He also demanded CBI investigation against DMK chief Karunanidhi's wives Dayalu Ammal and Rajathi Ammal.
He had alleged that Maran deliberately delayed giving licence to Aircel as long as it was owned by Siva Group and as may as 14 licences were issued to Aircel, when it was taken over by Maxis Group.
He also alleged that Maxis Group made investments in Maran's family run business Sun Network of Rs 599.1 crore. In addition to investment in Sun Direct, investment of Rs 111.28 crore was made by Maxis in a FM company owned by Marans.