Chennai: The Chennai Police summoned Sun TV Network chairman and managing director Kalanidhi Maran on Wednesday to question him on a case against his key aide, Hansraj Saxena, who has been charged with defrauding and intimidating a film distributor.
But lawyers of the media mogul, who came to the K. K. Nagar police station in West Chennai, requested for time until 26 July as Maran has some pre-fixed appointments, a police official said. A date is yet to be confirmed for his appearance at the police station.
Sun TV’s stock was down 1.7% at Rs302.50 in noon trading on Wednesday on the Bombay Stock Exchange.
After his arrest on 3 July, Saxena – the chief operating officer of Sun TV’s movie unit Sun Pictures – has been named in eight more cases involving production and distribution of two other Tamil films, including Rajnikanth-starrer Endhiran, which was produced by Sun Pictures and released last year.
Saxena was originally arrested on charges of cheating and breach of trust based on a complaint of fraud by film distributor T. S. Selvaraj of Salem-based Kandan Films.
Saxena allegedly delayed paying back Rs82.53 lakh to Selvaraj. After being interrogated in police custody, Saxena was placed in judicial custody for 15 days starting 8 July.
The summons issued to Kalanidhi Maran exacerbates his problems. Last week, his younger brother Dayanidhi Maran reluctantly resigned as Union textile minister following allegations that he abused his power as telecom minister during the UPA-I administration to coerce businessman C. Sivasankaran into selling the telecom service provider Aircel to the Malaysia-based Maxis Group.
Dayanidhi is also facing allegations of setting up a mini-telephone exchange at his Chennai residence to supply 323 telephone lines to Kalanidhi’s Sun Network at taxpayer expense.
PTI also contributed to this story