குற்றம் யார் செய்தாலும் குற்றம் குற்றமே! இப்படி சொல்வது எளிது. ஆனால் தனது துறையில் அமைச்சராக இருந்தவர் செய்த குற்றத்தை அம்பலப்படுத்தி அதன் விளைவாக தனது ஓய்வூதிய பலன்களை இழந்து நிற்கும் தோழர் மதி இந்திய மக்கள் மத்தியில் உயர்ந்து நிற்கிறார். வாழ்த்துக்கள்.
From Today's Times of India
BSNL man loses pension for exposing
Dayanidhi Maran's illegal telephone exchange
Jayaraj Sivan, TNN | Oct 3, 2013,
01.15 AM IST CHENNAI: The whistleblower, who exposed
the secret telephone exchange set up by former Union telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran at
his Boat Club residence in Chennai, was a BSNL subdivisional engineer,
whose pension has
now been stopped on disciplinary grounds.
CK Mathivanan carried
out a campaign within BSNL against Maran for three years for alleged misuse of
infrastructure to facilitate free transmission of data and visuals for a
television channel owned by Dayanidhi's elder brotherKalanithi Maran. After retiring in June 2013, Mathivanan
found that he was among the staffers who were penalized for an agitation
against superiors, including those under whose names Maran was allotted 323
ISDN lines. Mathivanan is yet to receive his pension, but the fact that his
actions helped expose a Rs 440-crore revenue loss to the PSU is a matter of his
'Feud in DMK exposed scam'
Today, the National Federation
for Telecom Employees deputy general secretary says he was relieved when he
heard the news that the CBI had filed an FIR in the case. His modesty does not
permit him to take credit for it, though. "In fact, it was not I who
exposed the scam. It got exposed because of the feud in the DMK," he told
According to him, Maran's exchange was
secretly set up by the BSNL Chennai circle office in 2007. "I happened to
see a file in which then general manager (operations) G Selvam had written that
other than himself, chief general manager (CGM) and deputy general manager
(operations), no one else should come to know about the 323 lines being
provided at Maran's house. It was a state-of-the-art exchange, which was
connected by just one pair of optical fibre cables. It could carry huge amount
of data and visuals at very high speed," said Mathivanan. After a preliminary probe, a CBI team had filed a report
recommending action against Maran and senior BSNL officials. But the
departmental nod remained elusive. The issue came back into focus after a PIL
was filed in Supreme Court in 2012 seeking action against the former Union
Trouble had started for the trade
unionist in September 2011, when he, along with 100 colleagues, protested
against former BSNL CGM MP Velusamy (in whose name the 323 lines were allotted)
visiting BSNL Chennai circle headquarters after his retirement.
"We had information that he had
visited CGM's office several times to destroy files pertaining to the secret
exchange. The new CGM, A Subramaniam, acted with a vengeance against us.
Seventy-eight people faced a break in their service. I was given the maximum
penalty, which would have led to my dismissal or compulsory retirement. The
next CGM allowed me to retire, but recommended a cut in my pension. BSNL CMD,
however, did not accept the recommendation. The CMD referred the case back to
the CGM for review and it is pending there," said Mathivanan.
His prayer to the CBI is that it should
expand the scope of its investigation to find out whether such secret exchanges
were set up in other parts of the country as well. "What BSNL has lost is
huge money. It (Rs 440 crore) is adequate to pay minimum bonus to 2.89 lakh
employees of BSNL for four years in a row. It should be recovered from
Maran," Mathivanan said.