Family members of Rani, a woman government doctor of Tiruchi on whose complaint a case has been registered against AIADMK MLA M. Paranjothi here, gave their statements under section 164 of Code of Criminal Procedure before a Judicial Magistrate in the city on Saturday.

The in-camera statements were given before Judicial Magistrate –V Nargis Kareem by Dr. Rani’s daughter Aishwarya, son Arjun Thilak, mother Saroja, younger brother Tamizharasu and watchman Somasundaram for over four hours in the closed door of the court hall.

Dr. Rani gave her statements before the same Magistrate pertaining to the case a few days ago.

The statements were given prior to filing of the charge-sheet in the case booked by the Government Hospital police station in December 2011 against Mr. Paranjothi and two others on a direction from the Judicial Magistrate court – IV after Dr. Rani preferred a complaint claiming that she was Paranjothi’s second wife.

The case was registered under various sectionos of the Indian Penal Code.

The doctor also claimed that Mr. Paranjothi had grabbed money and property on various occasions from her and accused him of threatening her.

Mr. Paranjothi was elected from the Tiruchi West Assembly constituency in the by-poll held in October 2011 and was made Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments.

He resigned as minister citing personal reasons in December 2011 after the case was booked against him.

He also stepped down from his position in the party as the AIADMK Tiruchi urban district secretary.