TAMIL NADU

School Education Minister hassix cases pending against him

Kalyanasundaram  

Allocation of portfolios done 24 days after Ministers were sworn-in had some surprises.

The youngest of the Ministers and first-time Member of the Legislative Assembly, P.M.L. Kalyanasundaram (33), who represents Kalapet constituency, got the plum portfolios of Transport, Information Technology, School and Collegiate Education, Art and Culture and Government Automobile Workshop.

Mr. Kalyanasundaram will be the second in command in the Cabinet as he was the first to take oath and his name figures second after the Chief Minister's name in the notification announcing allocation of portfolios.

Curiously, there are as many as six cases pending against Mr. Kalyanasundaram in police stations in Puducherry and Cuddalore.

In his affidavit filed before the Returning Officer, Kalapet, Mr. Kalyanasundaram said, “I am an accused of some offences punishable with imprisonment for two years or more in the pending cases in which charges have to be framed in two cases and in other four cases, the charges have been framed by the courts of competent jurisdiction.”

As many as six cases were registered against him in Lawspet, Kalapet, Odiansalai and Cuddalore O.T. police station limits. Another case was registered against him in 2006 Assembly elections under Section 31 (a) of Puducherry Excise Act 1970 and 1989. Of the total six cases, charge sheets are yet to be filed in two cases registered in Odiansalai and Cuddalore O.T. police stations. The cases pertain to criminal intimidation, house trespass and rioting.

He was acquitted in a kidnapping case that occurred in 2005.

Mr. Kalyanasundaram won the election defeating former Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan. He has studied up to Class X.