Last Update: May 10, 2023, 4:36 PM IST
Tamil Nadu BJP President K Annamalai. (File photo/Twitter)
About a month ago Annamalai had alleged that a “bribe of Rs 200 crore” was given by a multinational company through two shell firms to “Chief Minister MK Stalin for DMK’s 2011 election fund”.
The MK Steyn-led Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday filed a defamation case against state BJP president K Annamalai for making allegations of corruption against the ruling DMK, dubbed the “DMK files”.
The defamation case was filed by Public Prosecutor G Devarajan on behalf of the Chief Minister.
As per the complaint, Annamalai made defamatory statements in a press meeting held on April 14, 2023. Videos of the press meet were uploaded and circulated on various social media platforms. Its object was to damage the reputation of Chief Minister Stalin and the effect of his conduct in the discharge of his public functions.
The complainant prayed the court to issue process and take action against Annamalai and punish him for the offenses under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and pass such order.
talking to ndtvDMK spokesperson TKS Elangovan said that the “best course of action” is to punish Annamalai. Quoted as saying.
However, BJP has said that Annamalai will fight the case.
About the ‘DMK Files’ controversy
The development comes nearly a month after Annamalai alleged that a “bribe of Rs 200 crore” was paid to “Chief Minister MK Stalin for DMK’s 2011 election fund” by a multinational company through two shell firms. He had said that he would complain to the CBI and demand an inquiry.
The ruling DMK had dismissed the allegation as “ridiculous, baseless and baseless” and said legal action would be initiated against Annamalai.
Annamalai, referring to the DMK rule between 2006 and 2011, alleged that payments by the party were received as kickbacks from a company that had won the bid related to the execution of the Chennai Metro Rail Phase I project.
Annamalai had released a video clip of about 15 minutes “DMK files (Part-I)” which he claimed were property of ruling party personalities and its assessment, he said was “revealing”. The other three parts will also be released later. Which will also include details about other political parties.
The video clip, which leveled allegations of corruption against the DMK, is also believed to be a veiled reference to AIADMK vs corruption. The main opposition AIADMK in Tamil Nadu is an ally of the BJP. The purported video features DMK ministers, leaders and others associated with the leaders of the ruling party.
DMK organizing secretary RS Bharathi had told reporters that the people shown in the video clip would personally take legal action against Annamalai, besides the DMK itself going to court. He had set a deadline of 15 days for Annamalai to submit documentary evidence related to the claims.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)
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