Police raid office, houses of mining baron
Madurai, Mar 14: Tightening the noose around mining-baron P R Palanichamy, one of the accused in the multi-crore illegal granite quarrying scam, special police teams today raided his offices, residence and relatives houses at eight places across the district.
Police sources said the special teams conducted a three-hour-long search in his house at Anna Nagar in the city, besides his office at P R P Granite Exports Company at Therkutheru in Melur Taluk and relatives houses across the district.
The police teams reportedly seized some incriminating documents during the search.
The PRP group, run by Palanichamy (60) is one of the leading companies in the granite sector in the country, which was charged with illegal mining of granite stones, besides grabbing government, private and panchami lands meant for Dalits, illegally occupying water bodies and waterways and encroaching upon sites of cultural and archaeological significance.
Palanichamy, his two sons P Senthil Kumar (37) and P Suresh Kumar (31) and son-in-law A Maharajan were facing several cases under various sections of IPC that part from the provisions of other enactments such as Mines and Minerals Act 1957. Palanichamy alone was facing 35 cases and he is let out on a conditional bail.
The granite scam in 175 quarries across the district that leads to a staggering loss of Rs 16,383 crores to the state exchequer was uncovered by former Madurai district collector U Sagayam, based on which Tamil Nadu government had ordered a probe into it.
Police registered cases against six mining companies, including Olympus Granites Private Limited in which Union Minister M K Alagiri's son Durai Dhayanidhi is said to be a partner.
The present Madurai district collector Anshul Mishra sealed the 400-acre PRP Company on August 9, last year on the charges of flouting government norms.