Friday, December 17, 2010

HC discharges TN Minister from wealth case

madras_highcourtChennai: The Madras High Court on Friday discharged Tamil Nadu Tourism and Registration Minister N Suresh Rajan from a disproportionate asset case holding that properties standing in the name of his parents could not be held to be his own.

Discharging Suresh Rajan and his parents from the case, Justice Aruna Jagadeesan of the high court's Madurai bench said the properties in the name of his parents could not be held to be his own and in the absence of any investigation into his individual income.

Pronouncing the order in Chennai, the Judge said: "There is no acceptable reason to club others as the properties of Suresh Rajan."

Vigilance and Anti Corruption department had registered a case under the provisions of Prevention Corruption Act against Suresh Rajan in 2001.

The Department had alleged that being a public servant he had committed an offence of criminal misconduct for acquiring wealth and resources being in possession in the name of his parents which was disproportionate to his known sources of income to the extent of 17.20 lakh as on May 14, 2001. 
Suresh Rajan was Tourism Minister in DMK government during 1996-2001.

The Chief Judicial Magistrate-cum-Special Judge, Nagercoil, had declined to discharge Suresh Rajan and his parents from charges levelled against them, following which they moved the high court's Madurai Bench.

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