A hunt is on to secure Union Minister M.K. Alagiri’s son Durai Dayanidhi, who is an accused in the granite scam, according to police officials.

Special teams have been despatched to look for the accused in various locations, including Kodaikanal and Chennai. Early this week, the Madurai Bench of the High Court had turned down the advance bail sought by Durai Dayanidhi.

After the recent inspections carried out in granite quarries in Madurai district by different teams, the Keezhavalavu police had registered cases against the granite firm — Olympus Granites — in which Mr. Durai Dayanidhi was a partner. Based on specific inputs, inquiries were held with some of the relatives of Mr. Alagiri in Madurai, who were identified by the police as Rathnavel and Deepak. “We have information that the two relatives have knowledge about the whereabouts of Mr. Durai Dayanidhi,” a police officer said.

Meanwhile, a police team went to Kodaikanal and conducted a search in a bungalow near Naidupuram and also in the houses of a few close relatives in Alwarpet in Chennai and other places where Durai Dayanidhi had acquaintances. Earlier in the day, a team from Madurai district police went to the residence of “Pottu” Suresh alias Suresh Kumar, here in TVS Nagar after a tip off. The Inspector of Police (Melur station) Madasamy was transferred with immediate effect and in his place, Tiruparankundram Station Inspector of Police, Jayachandran, was posted, police said. Mr. Madasamy’s transfer was a subject of intense discussion as Melur station was a key jurisdiction which had booked a number of cases against granite firms and proprietors.

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