Veerapandi Arumugam surrenders in land grab case

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Salem, Jul 25: A former DMK leader and former Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has been accused for land grabbing case. This is the second land issue in which Mr. Arumugam's name figures in an FIR as Accused No 1. The first case relates to a land at Angammal Colony. He has surrendered himself to the Salem police and will be quizzed regarding the issue.

"It was only after careful scrutiny of documents and their verification that we registered the FIR against 13 persons , including the former minister," said a senior police official.

Cases under Sections 147, 148, 447, 386, 467, 294 (b), 506 (i) and 109 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 3(1) of the Tamil Nadu Public Properties Damages Act 1994 have been registered against Mr. Arumugham and 12 others.

The allegations against the DMK leader over the land issue in the second case is of a huge property of about 85,000 sq.ft. worth Rs.85 crore. Duraisamy, is the Accused no.2 in this case. According to a complaint, Duraisamy executed another sale deed on January 3, 2008, favouring ARRS Megamall Private Limited owned by businessman ARR Srinivasan, who has been named as Accused No.5 in the case.

Lakshmanan is named Accused No.11 in this case and is an accused in the Angammal Colony land case also. He is now under suspension.

Kowsigaboopathy, former RDO Balagurumurthy, police inspector Lakshmanan, Krishnasamy , Ulaganambi, Ramu, Mahendran, Sidhdhanathan, Kanagaraj, Murugan and Perumal have been named in the FIR. Krishnasamy, Murugan and Kanagaraj have been arrested .

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