HC stays warrant against Alagiri's son Durai Dayanidhi

Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court today kept in abeyance till November 2 a non-bailable warrant issued against Union Minister M K Alagiri's son Durai Dayanidhi in an illegal granite quarrying case.

Passing the order on a petition by Dayanidhi seeking quashing of the NBW issued by the Magistrate Court in Melur in the district, Justice T Mathivanan also directed state Advocate General Navaneetha Krishnan to file the counter to the objections raised by the petitioner's counsel.

Kumaresan, the counsel for Dayanidhi, contended that the Magistrate had no powers to issue the NBW as the second anticipatory bail application by his client was pending before the high court. "This is transgressing into the powers of the high court."

Countering it, the AG said case registered against Dayanidhi was of serious nature and he had been absconding. Dayanidhi could appear before the Magistrate court and get bail.

Once the NBW had been issued by the Magistrate, only he can recall it and the high court could not do that, he contended.

He also sought time to file his counter to the petition seeking to quash the October 15 NBW issued by the Magistrate.

Dayanidhi and his partner Nagarajan of the Olympus Granites Private Ltd have been charged of causing revenue loss of Rs 44 crore through illegal granite mining in Melur block.

An FIR had been registered against them under various sections of the Mines and Minerals Act, Tamilnadu Public Property Damage Act among others and special police teams are searching for them.

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