Dayanidhi Maran quits

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Dayanidhi Maran quitsJuly 7 (The Hindu) Union Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Thursday resigned from the Union Cabinet.

Mr. Maran met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a Cabinet meeting and tendered his resignation following a word from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief M. Karunanidhi, highly-placed sources said.

The Central Bureau of Investigation in its status report on the 2G scam case on Wednesday, charged him with “forcing” Chennai-based telecom promoter C. Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in his company Aircel to a Malaysian firm in 2006 during his tenure as Telecom Minister in UPA-I.

Attends Cabinet meeting

It was business as usual for Mr. Dayanidhi Maran in the morning as he attended the Cabinet meeting during which he abstained himself for a brief while when the issue of licence for FM channels came up.

He kept himself away on account of conflict of interest because his brother Mr. Kalanidhi Maran runs a media empire that includes FM channels in various languages.

Mr. Dayanidhi Maran went back home from the Cabinet meeting and returned later to give his resignation to the Prime Minister on the DMK chief’s direction.

Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, son of late Union Minister Murasoli Maran, is the grand nephew of Mr. Karunanidhi.

With this, Mr. Dayanidhi Maran becomes the second DMK Minister to step down for alleged involvement in 2G scam. Former Telecom Minister A. Raja was forced to resign in November, 2010 when the CAG indicted him in the scam.

Mr. Karunanidhi’s daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi and Mr. Raja are currently in Tihar jail for their alleged involvement in the scam.

This is the second time Mr. Dayanidhi Maran is quitting the Cabinet.

The CBI, in its report, also said that during 2004-07 when Mr. Dayanidhi Maran was Telecom Minister, Mr. Sivasankaran, was forced to sell the stake in Aircel to a Malaysian firm Maxis Group.

There was intense speculation for the past one month about Maran’s continuance in the Union Cabinet after reports alleging that the family-owned Sun TV received pay-offs from a Malaysian firm in return for the spectrum alloted to it during Mr. Dayanidhi Maran’s tenure surfaced.

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