Madurai: The Madras High Court Bench here Thursday
ordered issue of notices to four persons including former DMK minister N Suresh Rajan, the Tamil Nadu Home Secretary and the CBI Director over a PIL demanding a CBI probe into alleged illegal amassment of wealth by the minister to the tune of Rs 500 crore during his tenure.
Justices P Jyothimani and Justice M M Sundresh ordered the
notices, returnable in four weeks, when the PIL filed by Nagercoil-based advocate S Girinivasaprasad came up for hearing. The court also ordered notices to be issued to Rajan`s wife, D S Bharathy.
The petitioner said the minister, according to his
affidavit before contesting in elections in 1996, had declared
assets worth Rs 24.27 lakh only. However, Rajan now had
properties worth Rs 500 crore, he charged, adding he had
acquired assets in the names of his wife, Bharathy, and
One such property, allegedly registered in the name of a
benami, was given as security to a bank for obtaining Rs 17 crore as loan, the petitioner alleged.
The minister had purchased eight acres of prime land in
Nagercoil town in the name of his wife in May 2008 for Rs
13.15 lakh, the petitioner charged. Rajan had not obtained
permission from the government for obtaining the same, and
Bharathy had given her husband`s name in the document as N S
Rajan, suppressing his first name, he charged.