HC bench stays investigation of case against Alagiri
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 20:07
Madurai: The Madras High Court Wednesday stayed investigations into an assault case against Union minister M K Alagiri and four others till May 19.

The Madurai bench of the court also ordered notice to the Tamil Nadu government, the DGP and SP of Madurai and inspector of Keezhavalavu police station.

Petitioner M Kalimuthu, a special tehsildar and assistant electoral officer for Melur assembly constituency, submitted that he complained against the son of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on the "direction of the district collector and SP".

He said after giving the complaint, his "conscience did not accept it".

"So I called the media and stated the truth. I also wrote a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner about the falsity of my complaint. The copies were marked to the Chief Secretary and DGP. But no action was taken to drop the FIR," he said.

"Meanwhile, the minister and others sought the high court to quash the complaint and FIR through a criminal original petition. I intervened in the case and gave all the real facts about the assault case," he said.

"The high court refused to quash the case, but said the investigating agency was at liberty to refer the case as a mistake of fact if the complaint was found to be false."

"But the Keezhavalavu police inspector was not inclined to investigate the case with an open mind and was biased and bent up on supporting the wrong and false case.

In fact police filed a false FIR stating that I had rescinded from my earlier stand in the case due to intimidation. This accusation is imaginary and invented," Kalimuthu said.

He prayed to the court to transfer investigation of the case from Keezhavalavu Police station and stay the probe till then.

Keezhavalavu Police had registered the case against Alagiri and others under IPC sections 143 (unlawful assembly) 188 (disobedience to order promulgated by public servant) 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from performing duty) and 341 (wrong restraint) on April one on charges of hurting the tehsildar, who ordered videographing of the minister's visit to a temple in the locality.

Justice M Duraiswamy told the special prosecutor to take note of the case and posted it for May 19.


First Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 20:07

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