Land scam: One more Tamil Nadu policeman transferred

October 11th, 2008 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Erode (Tamil Nadu), Oct 11 (IANS) A second police official, whose handling of a land scam allegedly involving former Tamil Nadu minister N.K.K.P. Raja was slammed by the high court recently, was transferred Saturday, officials said.Deputy Superintendent of Police S. Ramaswamy, attached to a rural subdivision here, was asked to hand over charge immediately upon transfer orders being served on him, according to police officials at Erode, 350 km southwest of state capital Chennai.

Inspector N. Vetrivendan, handling the matter under the supervision of Ramaswamy, had been transferred a few days ago.

Earlier, the Madras High Court had slammed the police for shielding Raja’s supporters charged with holding four members of a family in an attempt to grab their property worth over Rs.20 million.

Three members of the Palanichamy family including his wife informed the high court and the state human rights’ commission that Raja’s men had detained them.

As a result, Raja, who has continued to claim innocence, was forced to quit as the state minister for handlooms in July.

Since then, over a dozen of his supporters were arrested following the matter being transferred to the elite criminal investigation department under the direct control of Director General of Police K.P. Jain.

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