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1 more Tamil Nadu policeman transferred

A second police official, whose handling of a land scam allegedly involving former Tamil Nadu minister N K K P. Raja was slammed by the high court recently, was transferred today.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2008 19:03 IST

A second police official, whose handling of a land scam allegedly involving former Tamil Nadu minister N K K P. Raja was slammed by the high court recently, was transferred on Saturday, officials said.

Deputy Superintendent of Police S. Ramaswamy, attached to a rural subdivision in Erode, was asked to hand over charge immediately upon transfer orders being served on him, according to police officials at Erode, 350 km southwest of state capital Chennai.

Inspector N Vetrivendan, handling the matter under the supervision of Ramaswamy, had been transferred a few days ago.

Earlier, the Madras High Court had slammed the police for shielding Raja's supporters charged with holding four members of a family in an attempt to grab their property worth over Rs.20 million.

Three members of the Palanichamy family including his wife informed the high court and the state human rights' commission that Raja's men had detained them.

As a result, Raja, who has continued to claim innocence, was forced to quit as the state minister for handlooms in July.

Since then, over a dozen of his supporters were arrested following the matter being transferred to the elite criminal investigation department under the direct control of Director General of Police K P Jain.