The Special CBI Court dismissed for the second time the bail pleas by the three accused, including the personal assistant of former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran in the illegal telephone exchange case.
On 17 February, rejecting their bail pleas, Special Judge for CBI Cases J Krishna Moorthy in his order said “taking into consideration the stage of investigation and the nature of allegations levelled against the accused and the difficulties that would have been faced by the investigating agency in completing the probe in these type of matters in an efficient manner, it is concluded that no prima facie is made for granting bail to the accused persons”.
The court had on February 5 granted permission to CBI to interrogate the officials S Kannan, the Chief technical Assistant of Sun TV, K S Ravi, Electrician and V Gouthaman, the then Additional Private Secretary to the former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, in the jail.
All were remanded to judicial custody by the Special Court (CBI) till February 18.
Counsel for CBI contended that if they were granted bail at this stage, it would hamper the progress of the probe and they would influence the witnesses with the help of their employers.