Former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran faces arrest as the Madras high court on Monday cancelled his interim bail in the illegal telephone exchange case after the CBI said he was not cooperating in the investigation.
The court directed the former DMK minister to surrender before the CBI within three days.
“Failing which, the CBI is at liberty to take action in accordance with law,” said Justice S Vaidhyananthan, quashing Maran’s appeal to the court to turn the interim bail into a permanent one.
The CBI has registered an FIR against Maran alleging that more than 300 high-speed telephone lines were set up at his Chennai residence when he was telecom minister from 2004-07 and these were extended to his brother Kalanithi Maran’s SUN TV channel. In the process, the exchequer lost an estimated R1.8 crore, the case papers say.
Fearing arrest, Maran sought anticipatory bail on June 30 and it was for six weeks on the condition that he appeared before the CBI on July 1 and cooperated with the investigators.
The CBI, which questioned Maran in Delhi for alleged misuse of authority as Union minister, told the Madras high court that he was not cooperating and was evasive in his responses to questions.
Sources close to the former minister said his lawyers were exploring options of seeking reprieve from the Supreme Court.
Maran had earlier alleged that the CBI was trying to malign him.