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Stalin on land grab case – no surprise

Chennai, Dec 2 (): DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin today visited the Director General of Police (DGP) office and presented a memorandum that he was innocent. M K Stalin who arrived here late night yesterday from Trichy after attending a party meeting told reporters that he was expecting the present regime to foist false cases on him and his family and hence it was no surprise. Why there was a delay to foist this case on him was his query.

Former Minister and DMK Trichy district secretary K.N. Nehru, former Minister N. Selvaraj, Lalgudi MLA A. Soundarapandian, former MLAs Anbil Periyasamy and K.N. Sekaran and former MP K.C. Palanisamy were present on the occasion.

Stalin said that he would face the case legally and unlike Jayalalithaa would not seek adjournments. “This is an attempt to divert the attention from the Bangalore cases. False cases have been initiated against me,” he said. On Thursday, a FIR was registered against Stalin, his son Udhayanidhi and four others for allegedly threatening a person to sell his property at a prime locality at a lesser price.

The FIR followed a complaint by one NS Kumar on November 29 alleging that one of Stalin’s aides had forced him to sell his property at Chittaranjan Das Road at Teynampet area after getting the tenants to vacate it under threat, police said.

Police said the complainant informed that he was forced to sell the property for a lesser price of Rs 5.54 crore but did not quantify what the market value was. Acting on the complaint, Central Crime Branch registered a case against Stalin, Udhayanidhi, P Venugopalreddy, Raja Shankar, Subbareddy and Srinivas under various IPC sections including 120 B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and 506 (criminal intimidation), they said.

Several top leaders in the DMK, including former ministers Veerapandi Arumugam, K N Nehru, K Ponmudy, N K K P Raja, K P P Samy, Pongalur Palanisamy and few MLAs have also been arrested on land-grab charges and lodged in prisons .