Court sum­mons Stalin, Elan­go­van next month

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - R. Ra­jaram

The Prin­ci­pal Dis­trict and Ses­sions Court di­rected DMK pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin and for­mer TNCC chief E.V.K.S. Elan­go­van to ap­pear be­fore it next month in con­nec­tion with their al­leged defam­a­tory re­marks against the State govern­ment and CM Edap­padi K. Palaniswami.

The Prin­ci­pal Dis­trict and Ses­sions Court has di­rected DMK pres­i­dent M.K. Stalin and for­mer TNCC pres­i­dent E.V.K.S. Elan­go­van to ap­pear be­fore it next month in con­nec­tion with sep­a­rate com­plaints lodged against them al­leg­ing that they had made defam­a­tory re­marks against the State govern­ment and Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami.

The com­plaints against Mr. Stalin and Mr. Elan­go­van were lodged by the Pub­lic Prose­cu­tor on be­half of the govern­ment.

The com­plaint against Mr. Stalin was that he had made deroga­tory re­marks against the AIADMK govern­ment and the Chief Min­is­ter on Sep­tem­ber 3 last year while speak­ing to the me­dia at Mukkombu near Tiruchi, where he had gone to in­spect a dam­aged por­tion of an old reg­u­la­tor across the Coleroon.

Mr. Stalin had blamed the State govern­ment for the col­lapse of the reg­u­la­tor. “The struc­ture had come down due to the abrupt re­lease of wa­ter. The CM ought to have re­signed, own­ing moral re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he had said.

Graft charge

He had also ac­cused the State govern­ment of hav­ing been un­re­spon­sive to the DMK’s de­mand to spell out de­tails of the de­silt­ing of canals and the amount spent on the ex­er­cise, be­sides al­leg­ing cor­rup­tion to the tune of ₹5,000 crore.

A com­plaint was lodged by the Pub­lic Prose­cu­tor with the Prin­ci­pal Dis­trict and Ses­sions Court, which di­rected Mr. Stalin to ap­pear be­fore it on Fe­bru­ary 13.

The com­plaint against Mr. Elan­go­van was that he had al­leged that com­mis­sion was paid for the award of de­silt­ing projects. He had made this claim while ad­dress­ing me­di­a­per­sons in Au­gust last year.

The court di­rected Mr. Elan­go­van to ap­pear be­fore it on Fe­bru­ary 12, pros­e­cu­tion sources said.

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