With the RK Nagar bye-elections fast approaching, an AIADMK (Amma) member has filed a criminal complaint against Team OPS candidate E Madhusudhanan and his wife Jeeva in connection with a forgery case.
The complaint was filed on Thursday at the Police Commissioner’s office in Chennai by AR Palani, who hails from Vyasarpadi and belongs to the VK Sasikala faction. The forgery allegations date back to 1995 when Madhusudhanan was a cabinet minister in the Jayalalithaa-led government.
Speaking to The News Minute, Palani’s counsel alleged, “During the 1995 tenure when he was serving as a minister, he registered a Tamil Nadu Housing Board plot in his wife’s name by misusing his power. He also used fabricated documents for the same.”
The documents submitted to the Commissioner show that the TNHB allotment was made in the name of one Vijayalakshmi, wife of Madhusudhanan.
In 2010, however, the property was allegedly transferred to the former minister.
The complainant alleges that in 2009, Madhusudhanan’s wife, this time under the name of Jeeva, signed a settlement deed with the leader for a property in Thiruporur. Calling it a case of impersonation and forgery, Palani alleges that a person named Vijayalakshmi does not exist.
Responding to the allegations, Madhusudhanan said, “I have got an allotment and not encroached the property. Let them file a case and I will meet them in the court.”
The value of the TNHB property is around Rs 70 Lakhs, claims the AIADMK (Amma) member.
Madhusudhanan, is contesting in the April 12 bye-elections under the electric pole symbol for the AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) party. An MGR loyalist, he is a recognised face in the North Chennai constituency, having been elected as an MLA in RK Nagar in 1991.
He is a veteran leader of the AIADMK and served as Textile Minister during Jayalalithaa’s first term as Chief Minister between 1991 and 1996. He had been convicted in the free dhoti scam in 1991, but was later acquitted.
Madhusudhanan was Presidium Chairman of the AIADMK from 2010 until he was expelled by AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala in February for defecting to OPS’s camp.