The DMK has filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to forbear authorities from registering “false First Information Reports of alleged land grabbing” against party workers and consequential arrests.

The party's legal wing secretary, R.S. Bharathi, stated that the authorities had directed the district Superintendents of Police to open exclusive cells for receiving complaints against DMK leaders and volunteers relating to land grabbing between 2006 and 2011, when the party was in power.

An order was issued on July 28 constituting the formation of anti-land grabbing special cells with a financial commitment of Rs.27.71 crore.

The petitioner said that the authorities, through their subordinates, were spoiling the DMK's name.

Invariably, in all such complaints, allegations of forgery, manipulation of documents, fabrication of documents, conspiracy, abetment and use of force were there to make it a heinous crime.

Based on such “false complaints,” DMK leaders were being arrested.

The police were ignoring the mandatory provisions of the Cr.P.C.

Rule of law given the go-by

The rule of law was being given the go-by. Article 21 of the Constitution mandated that the personal liberty of a person could be curtailed only by the procedure established by law.

DMK MP R. Thamaraiselvan of Dharmapuri filed a writ petition seeking to quash the G.O. of July 28.

By taking advantage of the G.O., a large number of persons with ulterior motive were approaching the special cell “with false and frivolous complaints with criminal colour as if they were intimidated, cheated or brought undue influence or committed fraud etc and forced to sell their lands to purchasers.”

The police were taking “hectic steps” to make the arrests. If the impugned G.O. was not quashed, prejudice would be caused to bona fide purchasers who bought land for valid consideration.