HC stays proceedings against TN minister
Justice V Periyakaruppiah also dispensed with the presence of Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and his family members before the Special Judge.
Madurai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High
Court has stayed all further proceedings in a disproportionate
wealth case pending against Finance Minister O Panneerselvam
and six of his family members before a Special Court in
Madurai for trial.
In his direction given yesterday, Justice V Periyakaruppiah
also dispensed with the presence of the Minister and his
family members before the Special Judge after the petitioners
said he had directed them to appear on Nov 28 without issuing
any notice or summons.
As the petitioners had sought to transfer the case,
levelling certain allegations against the Presiding Officer,
the Judge decided to call for remarks from the Special Judge
before taking a decision on the issue.
Observing that "The complaints made against the Special
Court, if true, are serious," the judge directed the High
Court Registry to call for an explanation. The case has been
posted after two weeks or immediately after the receipt of the
Arguing for the petitioners, senior counsel B Kumar said
the corruption case was transferred from the Chief Judicial
Magistrate court in Theni to the Special Court here.
The Theni CJM had ordered the petitioners to appear before
the Special Court only on Jan 24, 2012, he said, but added the
Special Judge insisted on their presence on Nov 28 itself.
The criminal case was registered by the Directorate of
Vigilance and Anti-Corruption in 2006.