DMK MLA’s plea in wealth case quashed

The Madras high court on Tuesday dismissed a petition from DMK MLA Durai Murugan that sought to quash the final opportunity notice issued by the DSP, V&AC, Vellore, asking him and his wife to account for disproportionate assets.

He also sought a direction to the DSP to reissue the final opportunity notices along with statement of accounts separately for him and his wife specifying the list of properties found to have been acquired disproportionate to his known sources of income.

“It is not a fit case where any interference is called for,” said Justice K. Chandru.

The DSP had issued a notice dated March 11, 2012, directing Durai Murugan to send his reply to a questionnaire given before March 20.

The notice said that if he did not appear and give his statement or if he expressed an intention not to reply, it will be presumed that he has no explanation to offer and criminal investigation will take place.

Challenging the notice, Durai Murugan moved court, which had on April 10 disposed of his petition after recording the statement of the public prosecutor that it was for the petitioner either to answer or not to answer it and if the petitioner did not answer the questionnaire, no adverse action will be taken and it will be for the investigating agency to proceed with the investigation.

The final opportunity notice dated April 25 was issued. Durai Murugan again challenged the notice and obtained an interim order. He also gave a reply.

The judge said in such cases, the burden was upon the public servant to satisfy the court that the excess wealth possessed by him was attributable to known sources.

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