Tamil Nadu law minister M Paranjothi, embroiled in a cheating case, resigned on Friday and social welfare minister Selvi Ramajayam was sacked by chief minister Jayalalithaa in the third cabinet reshuffle in seven months since she stormed to power.
A day after police filed an FIR against him in connection with a complaint by a woman doctor, who accused him of cheating her of 60 sovereigns of jewels, Paranjothi quit the cabinet less than five weeks after becoming a minister citing 'personal' reasons.
Paranjothi had won the October 17 byelection to Tiruchirappalli West Assembly constituency, caused by the death of minister Mariam Pitchai in a road accident.
"On the advice of the chief minister, the governor of Tamil Nadu (K Rosaiah) has approved accepting the resignation of Paranjothi, minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments, law, courts and prisons, for personal reasons and
dropping of Selvi Ramajayam," a Raj Bhavan communique said.
Former Minister B Valarmathi will replace Ramajayam while Tiruppur North MLA M S M Anandan will handle the portfolio of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments, it said.
School education minister C Ve Shanmugam has been given additional charge of Tamil official language & Tamil culture, law, courts, prisons, personnel & administrative reforms and Prevention of Corruption, hitherto held by Paranjothi.
The woman in her complaint had alleged that Paranjothi had duped her after she gave gold jewels worth Rs 16 lakh for his campaigning.
Tiruchirappalli judicial magistrate Pushparani in her order last month had directed police to register a case on the woman's complaint and submit a report to it before December 9.
The newly inducted ministers will be sworn-in at a ceremony in Raj Bhavan on Monday.
This is the third cabinet reshuffle of the Jayalalithaa-led cabinet which assumed office in May after trouncing the DMK. In the previous exercise on November 6, she had dropped six Ministers and inducted an equal number, including Paranjothi.