‘Petitioner is a third party and did not have the locus standi to file the case’

The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday dismissed a case filed against Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji, accusing him of involvement in an abduction case.

In his petition, N. Maniraj, an advocate, claimed that one Kamatchi Periyasamy was kidnapped by a gang from Coimbatore on June 3, 2011. Mr. Periyasamy was taken to Karur where the minister and his men forced him to sign documents, transferring his properties worth Rs. 5 crore in favour of the minister, he alleged.

Mr. Periyasamy registered a complaint with the Karur police, but the minister’s name was not included in the first information report, he claimed. Mr. Periyasamy’s petition filed before the Judicial Magistrate in Karur to include the minister’s name in the charge sheet was dismissed, he added. In his petition, he pleaded that a reinvestigation should be ordered and the minister’s name should be included in the charge sheet.

Additional advocate general K. Chellapandian contended that Mr. Maniraj had no locus standi to file the petition at the High Court. The trial in the alleged kidnap case was already on, he pointed out.

Justice A. Arumughasamy dismissed the case observing that the petitioner was a third party who did not have the locus standi to file the case.

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