Maran brother faces police heat on film row

Last Updated: Wed, Jul 13, 2011 08:34 hrs

Chennai, July 13 (IBNS) Kalanidhi Maran, chairman of Sun Network and brother of 2G scam-tainted Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK) lawmaker Dayanidhi Maran, has been summoned by the Chennai Police following a complaint of intimidation by a film distributor, media reports said on Wednesday.

Kalanidhi Maran was summoned after Hansraj Saxena, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of his Sun Pictures, was arrested on charges of cheating and intimidation.

T S Selvaraj, a film distributor, had lodged a police complaint of threat after he claimed money from the earnings of a film-Theerada Vilayattu Pillai- produced by Sun Pictures owned by the Marans.

The distributor alleged that he was sold he film´s Salem distribution rights for Rs
1.25 crore but Sun Pictures directly released the film later in local theatres.

Later when he claimed the money, the payment was delayed and he was threatened, the distributor alleged.

Kalanidhi Maran is the grand nephew of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa had earlier said she would take action against the Marans based on the complaints.

Accused in the 2G spectrum allocation scam, Dayanidhi Maran resigned as the textile minister at the centre last week after a damning indictment by the federal investigating agency CBI.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alleged that Dayanidhi Maran had coerced former Aircel Chief C Sivasankaran to sell his stake to Malaysia-based company Maxis Communication linked to the Maran family.

The CBI is also scrutinizing the financial records of Sun TV, owned by the Marans , with Maxis.

The CBI said the then Aircel chief was forced into selling its stake to Maxis in which the minister´s brother Kalanidhi is a stakeholder.

The CBI told the Supreme Court that as the then Telecom Minister Maran 'deliberately' delayed licence to telecom company Aircel and misused his office to force Aircel sell the entire stake in the company to Malaysia-based Maxis Communication.

Aircel was granted licence quickly only after it sold its 74 percent stake to Maxis Communication which later invested in the company of Maran´s brother Kalanidhi Maran.

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