Madurai, Jul 17: The Madras High Court has quashed an FIR registered against former Union Minister M K Alagiri’s wife Gandhi Alagiri and some others in a land sale case. The government pleader had on July 13 told the Court?that the district Crime Branch police had registered an FIR based on a complaint filed by one R Rajeswari over a land sale issue involving a company linked to Gandhi Alagiri. Rajeswari had sought a direction to police to register her complaint on the sale of her husband’s ancestral property to Dhaya Cyber Park (Pvt) Ltd on April 3, 2008, alleging that it was done by forging documents and without getting his consent. (Read: R K Pachauri influencing witnesses, cancel bail: police tells High Court)Also Read - Govt Can’t Provide Everything; Homeless Beggars Should Work, Says Bombay High Court
Seeking to quash the FIR, Gandhi Alagiri filed a petition, stating that she was the bonafide purchaser of the property for valid consideration. There was no intention to cheat either the de facto complainant or her husband, she said. When it came up before Justice M M Sundresh of the Madurai bench yesterday, Rajeswari, her in-laws and Gandhi Alagiri filed a joint memo before the court stating that the dispute between the complainant and others had been settled amicably. Accepting it, the judge quashed the FIR. Also Read - Mehul Choksi Has To Be Deported to India: Dominica Government Tells High Court
In her complaint, Rajeswari had said after her husband’s death on January 17 last year, she applied for an encumbrance certificate for a 25 cent ancestral property, her husband’s family owned in his native village. The certificate revealed that the property was sold to Dhaya Cyber Park (Pvt) Ltd, represented by its managing director, Gandhi Alagiri. Also Read - Bombay High Court Asks Maharashtra Govt To Consider A Strict 15 Days Of Lockdown
When she asked her in-laws about the sale, she learnt that since her husband had not agreed to sell the property, they carried out the transaction by citing him as a minor in the documents. Her in-laws threatened Rajeswari, saying that if she raised any objection, she would have to face consequences as some influential people were involved. Following this, she filed a complaint with the superintendent of police (Madurai district) on February 3, who in turn forwarded it to a district crime branch inspector for action. The inspector did not take any step after the initial inquiry with her on March 2 nor did he register an FIR, forcing her to move the court.