HC ad­vances hear­ing in gutkha case

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Madras High Court on Wed­nes­day agreed for an early hear­ing of a case filed by DMK MLA J. An­bazha­gan seek­ing a CBI probe into the gutkha scam.

The First Di­vi­sion Bench of Chief Jus­tice Indira Ban­er­jee and Jus­tice M. Sun­dar agreed to take up the case for hear­ing on Mon­day though it would have come up for hear­ing in the reg­u­lar course only on Septem­ber 8.

The per­mis­sion was granted fol­low­ing a re­quest made by pe­ti­tioner’s coun­sel to ad­vance the hear­ing in view of the chair­man of the Com­mit­tee of Priv­i­leges of the As­sem­bly de­cid­ing to is­sue no­tices to 21 DMK MLAs for hav­ing dis­played gutkha sa­chets in the House. When the Chief Jus­tice wanted to know the con­nec­tion be­tween the no­tices and the case, coun­sel said the core is­sue was the same.

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