Chennai, Aug 22 (BPNS)
The Villupuram district court in Tamil Nadu has adjourned the hearing of the money laundering case involving state higher education minister, K. Pondmudi to August 29. This is due to the unavailability of the minister’s son and Member of Parliament, Gautam Sigamani during the hearing on Tuesday.
It may be noted that the state police had filed an FIR in 2012 against K. Ponmudi and seven others including his son Gautam Sigamani for allegedly incurring a loss of Rs 28.36 crores during the tenure of the minister as the state mining and minerals minister in the DMK government of 2007-2011.
The police have charged that the minister had obtained mining/ quarry licenses for his son and other close family members. The licensees are accused of quarried red sand beyond the permissible limits.
The court has summoned seven people for hearing on Tuesday as one of the accused, Loganathan had passed away due to illness.