The Madras High Court bench here on Tuesday ordered an interim stay on the investigation into three cases pending against Puthiya Tamilagam founder and Ottapidaram MLA K. Krishnasamy in the Silaiman, Paramakudi and Tallakulam police stations, and ordered notice to the Madurai and Ramanathapuram police.

Justice C.T. Selvam ordered the stay based on the petitions filed by Mr.Krishnasamy to quash the FIRs registered against him by the police for alleged violation of the prohibitory orders while going to pay homage to Immanuvel Sekaran at Paramakudi on his memorial day on September 11.

In his petitions, Mr. Krishnasamy claimed that the police had named him in the FIRs on the grounds that he had visited the memorial in Ramanathapuram district along with his supporters in at least 40 tourist vehicles from the Circuit House in Madurai.

According to the police, the petitioner had violated the Tamil Nadu City Police Act enforced in Madurai by the Commissioner of Police and the prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code enforced by the Ramanathapuram district collector.

The petitioner claimed that he had obtained permission from the officials to pay homage to the leader. He and his supporters had passed at least 40 check-posts between Madurai and Paramakudi, but were not briefed about the restrictions on the number of vehicles.

Mr.Krishnasamy alleged that the police had registered the cases ‘at the instance of his political opponents’. He further claimed that the police summoned his party cadre to police stations and harassed them on the pretext of conducting inquiries.

Therefore, he pleaded for a direction to quash the FIRs.

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