Stung by the arrest of his former aide and two others by the CBI in the alleged illegal telephone exchange case, former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran accused the agency of acting under political compulsions to frame him. Questioning the arrest of the three persons, including his former additional personal secretary, on late Wednesday, Maran alleged it was an act to please the RSS.
“CBI should be a fact-finding mission and not a fixing one. I am being singled out. CBI is fixing me to please an RSS ideologue from Tamil Nadu.CBI action may be politically motivated,” he said.
He called on DMK supremo and his granduncle M Karunanidhi and briefed him on the developments. The 300-odd telephone line exchange was allegedly set up at Maran’s house and used by the Sun TV network owned by the former minister’s family for data transmission of its channel. Maran also charged the CBI with torturing the arrested persons using third-degree methods and coercing them to make statements indicting him in the case. His comments come a day after the CBI arrested V Gowthaman, additional private secretary of Maran during the period along with S Kannan, CTO and LS Ravi, electrician, both from Sun TV Network.