New Delhi: Dismissing allegations that his
family-owned Sun TV Network received pay-offs from an overseas
firm, Textiles Minister Dayanidhi Maran on Wednesday said he had not
favoured any particular company in granting UASL licence when
he was Telecom Minister.
Maran, a DMK nominee in the Union Council of
Ministers, also claimed that no telecom company has ever
invested in companies owned by his brother and media baron
Kalanidhi Maran during his tenure as Telecom Minister between
May, 2004 to May, 2007.
"I vouch that during my tenure as Minister of
Communications and IT, I was totally impartial in taking
decisions. I have not favoured any company over others.
Neither any applicant company was allowed to jump the queue in
grant of UASL licences nor there any loss to the exchequer,"
he said in a statement here.
The allegations are "totally untrue and malicious," he
Maran`s statement came after Opposition parties like
the BJP and AIADMK demanded his resignation in the wake of
reports that Maran favoured Malaysia`s Maxis group which had
bought Chennai-based Aircel when he was Telecom Minister.
The Minister said only companies fulfilling all the
required conditions were given Letters of Intent in their own
"Even the Comptroller and Auditor General of India
(CAG) has not mentioned any loss to the exchequer on account
of issue of licenses in my tenure," he said.
Maran said no telecom company "directly or indirectly
had ever invested in any of the companies owned by my brother
during my tenure as Telecom Minister."
"I was not even a Minister, when M/s Astro invested in
Sun Direct in December 2007 as I had resigned on May 13, 2007.
Needless to say, I own no shares or any fiduciary in any of
these companies," he said in the statement.