The Mannargudi clan have no respite from legal troubles with TTV Dhinakaran’s sister and brother-in-law remanded in judicial custody following their conviction in the two decades old disproportionate assets case.
Dhinakaran’s sister Sreedaladevi and brother-in-law SR Baskaran also known as ‘RBI Baskaran’, surrendered before a special CBI court on Monday, according to a Times of India report.
The conviction which was confirmed by the Madras HC in November 2017, sentenced Baskaran to five years imprisonment and Rs 20 lakh fine while wife Sreedaladevi received three years and Rs 10 lakh fine, the report said.
Baskaran, who worked as a coin and note examiner in RBI Chennai, married Sreedaladevi in 1990. At the time of marriage, he disclosed his personal wealth as Rs. 2.96 lakh.
In 1997, the CBI registered a case against the couple and conducted searches. In 1998, the CBI seized 80 gold bars from a locker maintained by Baskaran in the Santhome branch of the Tamil Nadu State Apex Cooperative Bank (TNSC), investments in moveable and immoveable articles, cash and silver, according to a report in The Hindu.
Further, several incriminating documents proving the couple’s accumulation of wealth through illegal means were discovered, according to the report.
Following this, a case of disproportionate assets was registered against the duo for Rs. 2.25 crore. They were deemed guilty under the Prevention of Corruption Act and IPC.
According to the CBI, the couple amassed illegal wealth to the tune of Rs. 2,25,95,178.
On January 19 this year, a non-bailable warrant was issued by the special CBI judge against the couple and the CBI was directed to produce them before court, according to the report.
The judge A Thiruneelaprasad remanded them in judicial custody after recording the surrender of the duo.