Enforcement Directorate (ED), which launched its investigation in the gutka scam under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA)
An alert citizen helped Adyar District police arrest three men who were transporting banned gutka products in a mini truck on Wednesday.
Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, after hearing the arguments made by both the State and the DMK, reserved its orders without mentioning any date.
The special secretary of Food and Civil Supplies assured the court that immediate action will be taken after investigating the matter.
The Madras High Court on Tuesday refused to vacate the stay order on the fresh Assembly privilege notice against DMK president MK Stalin and 17 other MLAs.
The banned items were to be transported to Thane, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and other neighbouring areas surrounding places.
Police seized 100 kg loose chewing tobacco, 5,000 kg tobacco of a popular brand.
Only on September 24, Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana passed the interim order on the batch of pleas moved by the MLAs challenging the notices dated September 7.
The police seized gutka worth Rs 25 lakh at Tenali on Saturday while it was being smuggled in a lorry from Tumkur in Karnataka.
“The act of displaying gutka packets inside the Assembly was already condoned by the first division bench through an order dated August 25,” observed Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana.
Though the judge did not elaborate on the reasons, he, however, said that even in 2017 when a case was filed on the same issue, he had recused himself
Commissioner’s Task Force (CTF) sleuths arrested eight persons for illegal transportation of banned tobacco products gutka and khaini on Wednesday.
Plea says objective is to prevent MLAs from attending Assembly
The party raised the issue a day after the Madras High Court set aside the privilege motion against 21 MLAs for bringing gutka packets inside the State Assembly in 2017.
The DMK contended that the privilege proceedings were a ploy to keep them out of the Assembly session whenever a fresh floor test was conducted.