Kalanithi Maran summoned by Chennai police

Media mogul Kalanithi Maran, managing director of the Rs.19 billion turnover Sun TV Network Ltd, has received police summons in connection with cheating cases lodged against the company’s movie division Sun Pictures.

The Sun group consists of 20 satellite television channels, direct-to-home (DTH) service company, 45 FM radio stations, four weekly magazines, two dailies and the SpiceJet airlines.

‘Kalanithi Maran has been summoned to enquire about the complaints lodged against Sun Pictures,’ said a police official at K.K. Nagar police station here where Maran is expected to appear Wednesday.

Police had recently arrested Sun Pictures’ Chief Operating Officer Hans Raj Saxena on a cheating complaint lodged by a movie distributor T.S.Selvaraj.

Selvaraj had complained that Saxena cheated him of around Rs.8 million and threatened him when he asked for the money in connection with the distribution of Tamil movie ‘Theerada Vilayattu Pillai’.

Maran is the grand nephew of DMK President M.Karunanidhi and the son of late DMK leader and Union Minister Murasoli Maran.

He is the elder brother of Dayanidhi Maran who recently resigned as union textiles minister following allegations of corruption.