Former DMK minister held in land grab case

August 25th, 2011 - 12:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Aug 25 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu minister K.N. Nehru of the DMK was Thursday arrested in a land grab case in the state, police said.

Nehru was arrested at 6.10 a.m. from Tiruchirapalli, 320 km from here, a police official told IANS.

Nehru’s arrest comes after the arrest of two former DMK ministers - Veerapandi Arumugam and N.K.K.P. Raja. Arumugam was arrested July 30 while Raja, who is now out on bail, was arrested Aug 4.

Nehru, a former transport minister, was arrested on a complaint by Srinivasan, a doctor, for allegedly trying to acquire 13,000 sq ft of his land.

Nehru refuted the allegations saying he would fight it out in the court.

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had Wednesday said in the assembly that the government has restored land valued over Rs.415 crore to their owners.

Out of 8,947 complaints, she said, chargesheets were filed in three cases while 462 cases were booked.

At least 419 people were arrested.

The government has set up 25 special courts and fast track courts to hear the land grab cases, she added.

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