Firm linked to Alagiri son raided

Police in Madurai on Tuesday searched the premises of Olympus Granites, a firm with links to Union Minister M K Alagiri's son Durai Dayanidhi against whom a non-bailable warrant was issued by a local court there on Monday. The company, accused of illegally mining granite, is in the line of fire along with a few other firms in and around Madurai that have allegedly played a role in the alleged multi-crore scam exposed recently.

Officials investigating the illegal quarrying case searched the office of Olympus Granites and examined some documents there. The officials said similar inspections were being conducted at all the firms allegedly involved in the scam.

The search came close on the heels of a non-bailable warrant issued against eight persons allegedly connected to the scam, including Dayanidhi, a former director of Olympus Granites, and his partner S Nagaraj.

The judicial magistrate court in Melur near Madurai issued the warrants based on a petition by the local police that sought such a move as many persons allegedly connected to the scam became untraceable. Besides Dayanidhi and Nagaraj, warrants were issued against the wife, sons, son-in-law and relatives of mining baron P R Palanichamy who has been remanded in custody.

Ever since the alleged scam became public about two months ago, Dayanidhi, a film producer-distributor, has been evading the law.

Dayanidhi was a partner in Olympus Granites that was named in the preliminary report prepared by the then district collector U Sagayam who calculated that illegal quarrying in Madurai was worth as much as Rs 16,000 crore. Dayanidhi's lawyers claimed he had ceased to be a partner in April 2010, but police say the papers shown as evidence could have been forged.

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