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Petition seeks bar on arresting Alagiri

M.K. Alagiri, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers; his wife Kanthi Alagiri: and son Dhayanidhi Alagiri by accusing them of land grabbing.
The company also sought an injunction restraining the police from interfering with its affairs or property. Accepting a lunch motion moved by its counsel Veera Kathiravan, Justice R. Sudhakar took up the matter immediately after lunch recess and directed the government counsel to obtain instructions from the Director General of Police by Thursday.

In an affidavit filed on behalf of the company, its authorised representative, R. Manikandan, stated that it had purchased 3.18 acres under one survey number and 77 cents under another survey number from S. Martin on March 5, 2010 and March 15, 2010 for Rs.74.46 lakh and Rs.11.19 lakh. The documents were registered with the Sub-Registrar's office at Y. Othakadai here.

However, “the respondents (DGP, Madurai City Commissioner of Police and Madurai Superintendent of Police) were trying to give a different colour by launching criminal prosecution (against the directors of the petitioner company) at the instance of the ruling party,” the affidavit stated.

When a civil court had decided the validity of the sale, the present criminal prosecution was “politically motivated, unwarranted and infringing the fundamental right of the directors of the petitioner company. The respondent police have no jurisdiction whatsoever to malign the social status and cause ill-repute to their name and fame in society,” the company claimed.