Police face anxious moments due to wrong information of the court having summoned the candidate too

The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday summoned a 58-year-old woman who had lodged a land grab complaint with the District Crime Branch police here against R. Gopalakrishnan, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate for Madurai Lok Sabha constituency and former Deputy Mayor of Madurai Municipal Corporation.

Justice G.M. Akbar Ali ordered that the complainant N. Ammapillai of S. Alangulam near here should be present in the court on March 28 for verifying the prosecution’s claim of the issue having been settled amicably between her and the accused. The order was passed on a petition filed by the woman seeking a direction to the police to register a case on the basis of her complaint.

When the case came up for hearing on Friday morning, the judge ordered the complainant to be present in the court and adjourned the hearing by a week. However, a wrong message was sent across to policemen attached to the DCB’s Anti-Land Grabbing Special Cell that the court had directed the complainant as well as the accused Mr. Gopalakrishnan to appear before him. Hence, Additional Advocate General K. Chellapandian represented the matter before the judge in the afternoon and sought a clarification.

The judge told him that he had summoned only the complainant and not anyone else.

In her complaint, the petitioner had accused the AIADMK candidate of having cheated her when he was holding the post of Deputy Mayor in 2012.

However, in a counter affidavit filed in the High Court, A. Allexh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DCB, stated that the petitioner’s complaint was “highly vexatious and false.” He said that two different police officers had enquired into the issue independently by summoning the witnesses concerned and found that it was a false complaint.