Madras High Court rejects Maran brothers’ plea to quash charges

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The Madras High Court on Friday turned down a petition filed by media baron Kalanithi Maran and former Union minister Dayanidhi Maran to dismiss charges towards them in an unlawful phone alternate case, ANI reported. A Central Bureau of Investigation court docket had framed the charges towards them on August 30.

The brothers will now have to face trial within the case.

Dayanidhi Maran, a pacesetter of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam who was Union Telecom minister between 2004 and 2007, had allegedly put in at the least 364 high-end Telecommunication services at one in every of his properties. Of these, Sun TV had used 323 services between 2004 and 2007 to uplink the channel, the Central Bureau of Investigation claimed. Kalanithi Maran is the proprietor of Sun TV.

In March, the trial court docket mentioned the prosecutors had failed to show their case towards the 2 brothers and 5 different accused. Three months later, the CBI moved the High Court difficult the order.

On July 30, the Supreme Court dismissed Dayanidhi Maran’s attraction within the case, and later dismissed a plea by Kalanithi Maran difficult a Madras High Court verdict that put aside a trial court docket order discharging him within the case.

In 2013, the CBI had accused Dayanidhi Maran of abusing his place as a Union minister and inflicting a lack of Rs 1.78 crore to the general public exchequer. The company filed a chargesheet within the case on December 9, 2016.

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