The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Commissioner of Land Administration and the Chennai Collector to appear before it on July 10, in a matter relating to Sivagiri Estate, Tirunelveli, and inform whether any property belonging to the estate was in Chennai.

A Division Bench of Justices P. Jyothimani and M. Duraiswamy gave the oral direction when the issue came up for further hearing.

R. Padmini Rani, wife of S.K.N. Raveendranath of Perumal Puram, Tirunelveli, who claimed to be the legal heir of Varaguna Pandiya Chinna Thambiar, had prayed the court for a direction to authorities to identify and hand over to her possession all immovable property belonging to the Sivagiri Estate.

She said that the property had been entrusted with the District Collector for management under the Court of Ward Act. She had also sought the accounts of income that accrued to the estate while it was under the Collector.

After the Chennai City Central Crime Branch filed a report stating that a huge amount had been deposited in the name of Pandiya King in a bank in Switzerland, the Bench had directed the Union Revenue Department to find out whether any funds were available in any bank in Switzerland to the credit of Pandiya King.

The department was told to file a report in three weeks.

N. Jeganathan, who also claimed to be the legal heir of Varaguna Pandiya Chinna Thambiar, had filed cases in the court.

On Monday, the Bench asked him why he had not given back the Letter of Administration, which he had obtained on court orders in 2004. The LOA was revoked in 2008.

Special Government Pleader I.S. Inbathurai said that following the court orders, the CB CID had constituted a special team, headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police, to investigate the matter.

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