Supreme Court asks lawyer to deposit Rs 50 lakh for ‘cheating’ families of Tamil Nadu school fire victims
A lawyer from Chennai, who allegedly cheated families of victims of the 2004 Kumbakonam school tragedy, has been asked by the Supreme Court to deposit ₹50 lakh with the Madras high court to avoid attachment of his and his relatives’ properties by investigating agencies.india Updated: Jun 04, 2018 23:20 IST
A lawyer from Chennai, who allegedly cheated families of victims of the 2004 Kumbakonam school tragedy, has been asked by the Supreme Court to deposit Rs 50 lakh with the Madras high court to avoid attachment of his and his relatives’ properties by investigating agencies.
A bench headed by Justice Kurien Joseph was hearing advocate S Tamilarasan’s appeal against a Madras high court direction ordering a probe against him and attachment of his and his relatives’ bank accounts and properties. The HC had also asked the Tamil Nadu Bar Council to take action against him and ordered suspension of his practise.
The court told him that the order will be vacated if he made the deposit with the HC within three weeks. As an interim measure, the top court put on hold registration of a criminal case against Tamilasaran and also the suspension of his practice.
The court also said that if victims, similarly situated to the petitioners before the HC, approach the court, then the advocate shall deposit the amount at the rate of Rs 1 lakh per victim.
Tamilarasan was engaged by families to fight cases against the state government after a fire broke out at Sri Krishna School, Kumbakonam, in which 94 students died and 18 sustained burn injuries. The state had deposited money into the bank accounts of the families after a court order.
According to the victims, Tamilarasan allegedly asked the claimants to give two undated cheques and had obtained signatures on blank papers under threat and coercion. He allegedly deducted Rs 2.3 lakh from each of account. It was revealed that Tamilarasan transferred more than Rs 2 crore to his and his family member’s accounts.
First Published: Jun 04, 2018 23:20 IST