TN: After Kanimozhi, is it Stalin's turn to be arrested?

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Chennai, Dec 2: Call it a strange quirk of fate of Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi. After his daughter Kanimozhi succeeded in getting bail, it is now the turn of MK Stalin to land in jail. Stalin, who is a former deputy CM of Tamil Nadu, is facing an FIR against him for alleged land grab charges.

Stalin, along with his son has been named in the FIR that was registered by Chennai crime branch (CCB) based on a complaint by a businessman. The complaint states that the businessman was forced to sell his property at a throwaway price in 2010 by associates of the DMK leader.

The businessman, N. Seshadrikumar alleged that aides of Stalin forced his tenants to vacate the house that was under his ownership. The house is located right next to Stalin's house on Chittaranjandas Road in Teynampet, Chennai. He was forced to sell off the house to P. Venugopal Reddy, on Stalin's behest. The facts were revealed by police officials. He has also been charged for criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation.

It is understood that Stalin's son, Udayanidhi was paying a rent of Rs 20,000 for the aforesaid property on behalf of his sister.

According to a statement made by the CCB, "Due to coercion, he [Seshadri] was forced to sell the house for a lesser price of Rs 5.54 crore. CCB has registered a case under sections 451, 386, 387, 506 (1) and 120 (B) of IPC against Stalin, Udhayanidhi, P. Venugopal Reddy, Raja Shankar, Subba Reddy and Srinivas."

Stalin, who was in Ramnad as part of a political engagement when the news broke, commented on the development, "I have been expecting such a thing, only it took a bit too long to happen. This is an atrocious lie and I will face it legally. I don"t know if I will be arrested when I take the late-night flight at Trichy or after landing in Chennai."

Stalin was quoted as saying that he would not seek anticipatory bail.

With many DMK party members in trouble and jailed after the Jayalalithaa led AIADMK party got into power in the state, the DMK had slammed the ruling party citing that they were indulging in vendetta politics.

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