The whistleblower who blew the lid off the secret telephone exchange at the residence of Dayanidhi Maran connected with Sun TV, now credits 2G tainted former Union telecom minister A Raja with exposing it after the Marans were banished by DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi. “It was Raja who initiated the inquiry against the alleged allotment of 323 ISDN phone connections to former Union Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran after the Marans fell out with the DMK’s first family in 2007,” claimed C K Mathivanan, deputy general secretary of the National Federation of Telecom Employees (BSNL) Union.
Mathivanan, who has been denied retirement benefits due to pending disciplinary proceedings for “gheraoing” the BSNL chief general manager’s office, said it was Raja who had ordered an inquiry against the Marans as there was a prima facie case. It was in 2007 that the CBI had submitted the report on the allotment of 323 ISDN phone connections. However, there was no progress once the family reunion took place.
“Now, the CBI is taking action after six years,” said the trade union leader, who demanded that the name of Kalanidhi Maran, the Sun Network boss, be included in the FIR. “Kalanidhi Maran should also be booked as he is the sole beneficiary of the exchange scam,” he argued. “I was singled out. Whatever, I did was to safeguard the interest of BSNL,” he told Express. Meanwhile, the BSNL said it would provide retirement benefits to Mathivanan, only after the disciplinary procedures were completed.