The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday sought a report from the Theni CB-CID as to why it has not arrested four of the accused in the Periyakulam land scam case.
Express tried to contact Minister Sriramulu, but he was not available for comments.
The court issued notice to the CBI and ED on Michael's bail pleas and sought their responses within four weeks and listed the matter for hearing in July.
According to the prosecution, several acres of government lands worth `700 crore were transferred in the name of some persons, most of whom were relatives of government officials, through online mode.
Madhucon Infra Limited, which is the major shareholder in SEL had challenged the auction proposal of the consortium of banks, led by the State Bank of India.
Though the fraud took place last year, it came to light two months back after one Kamalendu Patro of Gandhinagar area filed a police complaint.
The case pertained to the illegal sale of nearly 180 acres of government land in Theni.
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AAP senior leader Durgesh Pathak again charged at the party, saying it had crossed all limits of 'corruption' and is working like a 'nexus of mafias'.
Pathak, AAP’s in-charge of municipal affairs, alleged that the BJP is functioning like a nexus of mafias, which just wants to indulge in corruption and take over public assets.
According to the Special Tahsildar’s complaint, in 1991 the land promoter gifted about 16.64 acres of OSR land in Vallam and Vadagal villages to the Sriperumbudur Block Development Office.
Officials working in Periyakulam sub-registrar office were involved in the illegal sale of 182.50 acres of government land valued at Rs 2.13 crore in the locality, sources said.
The court stumbled on the scam when it was hearing a petition seeking compensation for the lands acquired in 2019 for the project.
As per the decision, the investigation against the company by the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate would continue.
The over two-decade-old scam involves the State government acquiring its own land and paying compensation for it in pursuance to a notification in 1983.