SC dismisses plea of Panneerselvam against the revival of assets case

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay suo motu revision proceedings initiated by the Madras high court against former Tamil Nadu chief minister and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader O Panneerselvam, popularly known as OPS, and his family over their discharge in a disproportionate assets case.

“We are not inclined to stay the proceedings in the case,” a bench of justices Hrishikesh Roy and PK Mishra said, as it dismissed OPS’s petition against the decision of the high court to revive the proceedings on its own.

On August 31, high court justice Anand Venkatesh had revived criminal proceedings against OPS and his family after they were discharged by chief judicial magistrate (CJM), Sivagangai, on December 3, 2012 in the disproportionate assets case.

According to the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), Paneerselvam amassed assets in his name and those of his relatives that was 374 times disproportionate to his known sources of income during his tenure as chief minister for four months and subsequently as revenue minister from 2001 to 2006.