Former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran said on Thursday the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was targeting him to please a Chennai-based Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue after the investigating agency arrested three of his aides in a telecommunications probe.
The DMK leader, whose brother Kalanithi Maran owns Sun TV network, alleged the investigation was politically motivated, saying the CBI was torturing the three men.
“I have been singled out and being fixed,” he said. “The CBI is using third degree methods against the three persons who have been cooperating with the investigating agency.”
Maran did not name the RSS ideologue, but the hints he dropped left no doubt that he was talking about former journalist and Sangh Parivar member S Gurumurthy, whose daughter’s wedding on Monday was attended by several senior BJP leaders, including finance minister Arun Jaitley.
Gurumurthy rubbished the charges, saying a lot of information was yet to come out in the case that dated back to 2007 when he wrote a series of newspaper articles exposing a private telephone exchange with 323 lines functioning at Maran’s residence and connected to the Sun TV office.
“The case began during the UPA regime, in 2007, when Maran had fallen out of favour with DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi,” Gurumurthy told HT. “Where is the BJP, or the NDA or the RSS in it?”
A CBI probe established the existence of the telephone exchange, he said, adding file notings that were published with his articles also showed attempts were being made to suppress the case.
“It is a suppressed matter, he can say anything but he will have to face the facts,” Gurumurthy said.
Political analysts said the DMK may not back Maran, although the former minister rushed to Karunanidhi’s house as soon as the news of the arrests broke.
DMK members were wary of saying anything as they waited for the leadership to clarify the party’s stand on the issue.