Madras High Court tells Lower court to wind up trial in six months

Trail is related to a cheating case filed against Selvi, daughter of DMK president M. Karunanidhi

Chennai: The Madras high court has directed the judicial magistrate-I, Poonamallee, to complete the trial relating to a cheating case filed against Selvi, daughter of DMK president M. Karunanidhi, and her son-in-law, within six months. Justice P.N. Prakash, before whom the petition filed by V. Nedumaran came up for hearing, said, “The case has been pending since 2013. Under the circumstances, this court directs the trial court to expedite the trial and complete it in six months.”

In the petition, Nedumaran submitted that Dr V.M. Jyothimani, son-in-law of Selvi, claimed to be the power agent for 2.94 acres situated at Thalampur village and promised to sell the property for Rs 5.14 crore. He paid an advance of Rs 3.50 crore. After receiving the amount, Jyothimani neither executed the sale deed nor returned the money. However, suppressing the facts, Jyothimani sold the property to G.S.K. Velu. Learning of this, he contacted the principal owner, Selvi, mother-in-law of Jyothimani, who assaulted him and threatened him with dire consequences.

He filed a complaint against Selvi and Jyothimani with the central crime branch on July 5, 2012. CCB team-III registered a case under various offences including cheating, threatening. A final report was filed before judicial magistrate-I of Poonamallee. Nedumaran contended that “The accused, who have political backing, are dragging the case.” Hence, he filed the present petition, seeking a direction to judicial magistrate-I of Poonamallee to complete the trial soon.

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