TN Land Grab: Lottery kingpin, Santiago Martin arrested

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Santiago Martin, Lotter Kingpin
Chennai, Aug 14: Santiago Martin, businessman and lottery kingpin is the latest to be arrested in the land grabbing charges by the Tamil Nadu government.

Martin is also said to be close to the DMK, especially to the Karunanidhi family. He was arrested on charges of seizing a land in Salem worth Rs 2 crore with his brother-in-law Benjamin.

Martin, in a similar case is on conditional bail and also accused of possessing a Land in Madurai that belonged to a temple. He was charged of selling the land worth Rs 20 crore to Alagiri's wife for Rs 85 lakh.

Martin's business suffered a huge knock back in 2003 after the AIADMK regime banned lottery business in the state following which the state had to suffer a loss of Rs 15,000 crore approximately in the business.

According to reports, Martin regained for his losses and then invested his money in a real estate firm, media, a textile showroom and then a nursing college.

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