The Madurai police has issued a look out circular against Durai Dayanidhi, son of Union chemicals and fertilizers minister MK Alagiri, and 11 others to prevent them from fleeing the country in the wake of investigations into their alleged involvement in the multi-crore illegal mining scam in the temple town of Madurai and its surroundings.
The Bureau of Immigration has issued the LOC (Look Out Circular) against 15 granite quarry owners including Dayanidhi, against whom cases have been registered. Madurai SP V Balakrishnan said that initially the LOC is issued temporarily.
The illegal granite mining scandal was estimated at Rs. 16,000 crore by former Maduari collector U Sahayam in a report he submitted to the government.
In a follow up action, the state government conducted raids and filed cases against the quarry owners. Steps have also been taken to impound the passports of the accused persons, including the son of the union minister.
Dayanidhi is a partner in a firm, Olympus granites, which is one of the companies alleged to have been involved in illegal mining scam. Cases have been filed under section 379, and 447 of the IPC.
Eighteen special teams were formed to inspect the quarries and conduct an audit.
While Dayanidhi sought anticipatory bail on the plea that he had ceased to be a stakeholder in the company, official privy with investigations alleged that they had a watertight case against him. The mining license for the company was still in the name of Dayanidhi and his partner.