Ex-Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday said that his aide was pressurised by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to name him in the illegal telephone exchange case.
CBI on Wednesday night arrested three people, including V Gowthaman, the then additional private secretary of Dayanidhi Maran, in connection with alleged allotment of more than 300 high-speed telephone lines to Maran’s residence in Chennai which were extended to his brother’s TV channel.
Besides Gowthaman, CBI arrested Chief Technical Officer S Kannan and electrcian L S Ravi of Sun TV network.
Adressing the media in Chennai Maran said, “The CBI has filed an FIR against me. I don’t have any connection with Sun TV.”
CBI in its report to the Telecom Secretary had earlier alleged that these lines were for use of large commercial enterprises to meet special needs such as video conferencing or transmission of huge volume of digital data for which heavy fee is charged but Sun TV got it for free.
Maran further said that those arrested were ill treated by the CBI. “Third degree methods were used to force them to name me. They lack evidence so they are trying to cook up proof,” he said.
He also added that he will write to the CBI director to protest against this.
The probe had started in 2011, nearly four years after getting complaints that a ‘virtual’ telephone exchange was allegedly set-up at the then Telecom Minister’s house for facilitating data transfer from Sun TV.