Karuna backs Maran brothers after CBI raids

Breaking his silence on the CBI action against the Maran brothers over the Aircel-Maxis deal, DMK President M Karunanidhi today said his support would always be with them to face the present situation.

Updated: Oct 11, 2011, 14:55 PM IST

Chennai: Breaking his silence on the CBI
action against the Maran brothers over the Aircel-Maxis deal,
DMK President M Karunanidhi today said his support would
always be with them to face the present situation.

"I treat my daughter Kanimozhi and Maran brothers equally.
Reports that I did not support Maran brothers is a part of a
conspiracy by some vested interests to destroy the DMK
totally," he said in a statement a day after CBI searched the
residences of Maran brothers and eight other locations.

The DMK patriarch said he was keeping mum on the CBI cases
against Kanimozhi in connection with the 2G spectrum issue and
raids on Maran brothers only because the Centre was saying
that it would not interfere in judiciary and CBI acts.

"I do not want to politicise these things, but some media
and vested interests have magnified these and stated that I
have ignored the raids conducted on the residences of
Kalanidhi Maran and Dayanidhi Maran, my grandnephews. These
reports have mentally hurt me", Karunanidhi said.

He said Maran brothers "are like my sons and my support to
them to face the situation arising out of the raids legally
will always be there. I appeal to the people not to believe
the reports that I have not supported the Maran brothers".

"I have the same interest that Kanimozhi, against whom the
CBI has registered a case on the 2G issue and the Maran
brothers, on whom cases had been foisted, come out clean. I
never hesitated to face any issue legally and will never do so
in future also. I have complete faith in the doctrine that
justice will ultimately triumph," he said.

The CBI had searched the residence of Maran, former Telecom
minister and eight other locations after registering a case
against him in connection with the controversial
Aircel-Maxis deal, alleging that he received Rs 547 crore as
kickbacks from the Malaysian company.

The CBI has also accused his brother Kalanithi Maran, SUN
Direct TV Pvt Director, Chairman of Maxis Communication T
Ananda Krishnan, senior executive of Astro All Asia Network
and Maxis Ralph Marshall and three companies Astro All Asia
Networks, Sun Direct TV and Maxis Communications of
complicity.

PTI