Former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran heaved a small sigh of relief yesterday when the Supreme Court extended till 01st October its earlier stay order on arresting him in connection with the illegal BSNL telephone exchange he reportedly ran at his Chennai residence in 2004-07 during his tenure as Minister.
Maran has been accused of having an ‘illegal BSNL exchange’ at his Boatclub residence in Chennai having more than 700 HT landline connections. Another case accuses him of attempting to benefit his brother Kalanidhi Maran’s Sun TV’s operations by connecting these HT landline connections to Sun TV’s office a few kilometers away via underground optical fibre cable connections.
Maran was earlier granted anticipatory bail in the case by the High Court of Madras which was later rescinded after the CBI told the Court that Maran wasn’t cooperating in the investigation process. Maran then filed an appeal with the apex Court which had stayed his arrest till yesterday (14th September). The case was taken up by the apex Court yesterday when it granted Centre more time to file a reply in the case.
As the next hearing in the case has been postponed to 01st October, Maran’s arrest by the CBI has also been postponed.