Chennai: A Tamil Nadu minister said on Sunday that DMK treasurer and former deputy chief minister MK Stalin could be prosecuted for levelling false land grab charges against Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
In a statement issued here, minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments, M Paranjothi said: “The allegations of MK Stalin are nothing but meaningless fulminations to divert the attention of the people from the land grab charges levelled against him.”
He said as Stalin made “…false allegations without an iota of truth and substance, he is liable to be prosecuted for defaming my leader and such action will follow in due course”.
Following the registration of a first information report (FIR) by police against Stalin, his son Udayanidhi Stalin and four others December 1 on charges of land grab, the DMK leader made a representation to police alleging that Jayalalithaa had also grabbed land in Kodanad in Nilgiri and Siruthavur.
Refuting Stalin’s allegations against Jayalaltihaa, Paranjothi said that the DMK leader “…has indulged in mudslinging by saying that our leader has grabbed land in Kodanad including the public pathway used by the public. The representation of M.K. Stalin is a total mis-statement of facts”.
Stalin sticks to land grab allegations
Chennai: MK Stalin threw out a challenge to law minister M Paranjothi on his threat to initiate defamation proceedings against him, saying he is “ready to face the challenge legally.”
Stalin sought to turn the tables on Paranjothi, quoting from the Justice KP Sivasubramanian Committee report, set up by the DMK government, which mentioned that the land in Siruthavur was usurped by Jayalalithaa and friends.
“The report is still with the government, which went into the Siruvathrur land issue. The law minister should read it,” he said.
Quoting from the report, Stalin said, “the villagers had filed complaints against owners of bungalow in which Jayalalithaa was staying. It belongs to family members of Sasikala. Since they were sent away from the place during AIADMK regime in 1994, they requested the then DMK government to take action against those land grabbed”.