The Madras High Court has set aside the order by trial court discharging Maran brothers in the Telephone Exchange case. The case which was investigated by CBI had been ruled in favour of the powerful Maran brothers acquitting them of all the charges.
The investigating agencies had filed an appeal in the Madras High Court challenging the lower court order. Justice Jaichandran delivered the verdict setting aside the order and directing a special CBI court to frame the charges. Justice Jaichandran also asked the court to finish the probe within 12 months from the date of order.
Maran brothers were accused of setting up a private telephone exchange in blatant violation of rules causing a loss of 1.78 crores to the exchequer.
Maran brothers are alleged to have used a 764 high speed data line of BSNL for making certain transactions involving Sun Network, which is owned by Kalanithi Maran.