New Delhi: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the CBI and BSNL on a PIL alleging misuse of public office by former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran. The petition alleges that Maran had set up a BSNL exchange in Chennai and routed the lines to Sun TV offices.
The PIL also seeks an investigation against Maran. In 2007, the CBI's Chennai branch had drafted a note saying that the lines originally meant for his residential address were used by the Sun TV Network, causing huge losses to the central government. Sun TV is owned by Dayanidhi's brother Kalanithi.
Maran has also been under scrutiny over the Aircel-Marxis deal. The deal involves Maran and a Malaysian business tycoon.
Maran has been accused of "forcing" Chennai-based telecom promoter C Sivasankaran to sell the stake in Aircel to a Malaysian firm Maxis Group in 2006 owned by Kuala Lumpur-based business tycoon T Ananda Krishnan.