TN police launch hunt to nab absconding Minister

Tamil Nadu Police has stepped up efforts to arrest absconding Puducherry Education Minister P M L Kalyanasundaram, who is mired in a copying scandal.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 12:00 PM IST

Puducherry: Tamil Nadu Police has stepped up
efforts to arrest absconding Puducherry Education Minister P
M L Kalyanasundaram, who is mired in a copying scandal.

The Minister, facing charges of using a proxy to write
his SSLC examination at a Centre in Tamil Nadu in September,
has been evading arrest since the Madras High Court on Tuesday
rejected his anticipatory bail petition.

Police sources said teams of Tamil Nadu Police are
camping in different pockets in the union territory of
Puducherry to arrest Kalyanasundaram. They have also sought
cooperation of their Puducherry counterparts.

Vehicles entering Puducherry through different points
were also being being checked by the Tamil Nadu Police to
locate the Minister.

Tamil Nadu Police, has in the meanwhile, taken into
custody two persons at Markanam on Tuesday for interrogation.
The duo had reportedly travelled along with Kalyanasundaram.

While Kalyanasundaram had given the slip to the police by
switching the vehicle at Alapakkam village, the other two
occupants were detained by police after intercepting the car.

A school dropout, Kalyanasundaram had allegedly engaged a
proxy to impersonate him at the SSLC examination in Tindivanam
on September 29.

On a complaint from the education authorities, Villupuram
District Crime Branch police filed cases against him under
different sections of IPC.

Police had subsequently moved the Judicial Magistrate Court
at Tindivanam on October 28 for directions to Kalyanasundaram
to turn up for enquiry either before the court or the police.

When the case came up for hearing on November 2, the
Minister, who was present, had been directed to appear before
it again on November 11 for questioning.

Seeking to corner the AINRC Government headed by N
Rangasamy, opposition Congress and AIADMK have demanded the
sacking of Kalyanasundaram.

PTI