Saturday, June 4, 2011

2Gone, one to go Tehelka exposé puts Dayanidhi Maran in the dock

Tehelka - India's Independent Weekly News Magazine: "TEHELKA’s exposé of DMK leader and Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran’s involvement in a Rs 700 crore telecom scam (Hello? Who Will Bell This Cat by Ashish Khetan and Raman Kirpal, 4 June) has created a political storm. It showed how Maran, during his tenure as telecom minister in UPA-1, allotted licences without revising the 2001 rates to Aircel. In a possible quid pro quo, Maxis owner Ananda Krishnan invested Rs 700 crore in Sun Direct TV and Sun Radio, a company owned and run by Maran’s brother Kalanidhi and his wife Kaveri. While Maran has sued TEHELKA for what his lawyer calls “a concocted lie under the pretext of investigative journalism”, there is a growing demand for his resignation. Reports even suggest that the CBI might soon summon Maran."

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