Chennai, August 11 (): CNN-IBN investigation reveals the involvement of other top DMK leaders in land scams. CNN-IBN has revealed the full extent of the land grabbing allegations against Alagiri’s family with documentary evidence. Meenakshi Mahadevan of CNN-IBN has accessed documents to show how Alagiri’s wife bought temple land worth over Rs 20 crores at just Rs 85 lakhs from a man facing over 50 criminal cases.
Kanthi Alagiri bought land from lottery king Santiago Martin, who faces over 50 criminal cases. Land worth over Rs 20 crore was sold to Kanthi Alagiri for Rs 85 lakhs in 2010.The deal took place after Alagiri became Union minister. Other key Alagiri aides have been arrested on criminal charges.
CNN-IBN finds that more than three former ministers and at least three other senior DMK leaders face allegations of grabbing land across Tamil Nadu. Amongst them are: Veerapandi Arumugam, DMK’s Salem strongman and former agriculture minister KN Nehru, former transport minister and Trichy strongman who is related to union minister of state Napolean Paruthi Ilamvazhuthi, former Information minister and deputy general secretary of the DMK J Anbhazhagan, Stalin’s right hand man and power center in Chennai.
DMK has decided to tackle the issue legally by moving the court. DMK affiliated lawyer union has agreed to appear on behalf of the DMK men arrested for land grab. In a petition, DMK Legal Wing Secretary R S Bharathi sought an interim injunction seeking to restrain the government, Director General of Police (DGP), their officers and others from arresting DMK members on false accusations of land grabbing pending disposal of the petition.
Bharathi, in his petition, said that the alleged offences against the DMK men were treated as a separate category and they were treated as a separate clan and were sought to be ill treated by the state govt and its officers. It was shocking that in its enthusiasm to take revenge on the DMK party, the ruling AIADMK government constituted 39 Anti Land Grabbing Special Cells with a financial commitment of `27.71 crore, Bharathi said in the petition.
In a similar but separate petition, DMK MP R Thamaraiselvan sought the quashing of the July 28 GO and an interim stay of proceedings pursuant to the GO till disposal of the petition.