Madurai: A court here on Thursday fixed October 27 for commencement of trial in an assault case related to 2011 Assembly polls against former union minister MK Alagiri and 20 others.
The court directed police to ensure the presence of all the accused on that day.
Melur Magistrate KV Mahendraboopathy, noting that 11 of the 21 accused in the case were present in the court, asked about the absence of ten others, including Alagiri.
He then ordered that the trial would begin on October 27 and Alagiri and ten others should also be present on that day.
The case related to alleged assault of the Election Officer/Tahsildhar Kalimuthu during the elections in 2011.
The accused have been charged with assaulting the election officer when he videographed a meeting held by Alagiri at a temple at Ambalakaran Patti in Melur to discuss election issues with local important persons.