A delegation of DMK MPs met President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday and complained to her that the Jayalalithaa government was “selectively arresting” DMK leaders and violating their “human rights.”

The team, led by DMK Parliamentary Party leader T.R. Baalu, sought the immediate intervention of the President in upholding human rights and ensuring the rule of law in Tamil Nadu.

It alleged that the AIADMK regime was flouting Supreme Court guidelines while making such arrests through the special cell of the State police probing alleged land grab cases.

T.K.S. Elangovan, ‘Tiruchi' Siva, Union Ministers S.S. Palanimanickam and S. Gandhiselvan, and the former Union Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, were part of the delegation.

Mr. Elangovan said Ms. Patil promised to look into the issue. They told her that despite many complaints against Ministers, AIADMK MLAs and senior party functionaries on land grab, the police had taken no action against them.

In the nine-page memorandum, the DMK MPs charged the AIADMK government with witch-hunting only to “tarnish the image” of the party.