Chennai: In the line of fire over allegations
of a quid pro quo in the 2G scam, Union Minister Dayanidhi
Maran on Thursday rejected charges that his family owned Sun
Television Network was a beneficiary of pay-offs by a
Malaysian company which benefitted from equity sold by Aircel.
Talking to reporters at the Chennai airport here tonight,
he said, "The allegations are a systematically planned
campaign to malign me and my party."
The Textile Minister said that he became a "political
untouchable" after tendering his resignation in May 2008.
"After I resigned in May, there could have been an
investigation. That was my position then. I was a political
untouchable during that period. When I was not a minister
nobody wanted to get in touch with me. I have never helped
anyone. I was pushed out of political circle," he said.
On allegations that he got BSNL to connect over 300
telephone lines to his Chennai house for his family business,
he said, "What they have questioned is not only my integrity
but my family`s integrity, my party`s integrity."
Asserting that he had never helped anyone (as made out in
the allegations), nor was he benefited, Maran said, "If I have
done any wrong, I am open for any kind of probe."
Citing a letter from the State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Ltd when he was the Union Telecom Minister, Maran said, "The
letter from BSNL shows, I have only one phone connection."
"I wrote to the Chief General Manager and asked him to
explain me, how many lines are there in my residence at Boat
Club. Only One BSNL telephone connection, 24375100, was
provided to me as a Minister," he said.
"If I have done wrong, I am ready to face any punishment.
I do not need any sympathies and I have to be judged by the
law. But if I am innocent, I should be given every right to
protect myself and to prove my integrity," he said.