CHENNAI: Observing that the order made by the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) under Sections 145 and 146(1) of the CrPC to lock and seal the headquarters of AIADMK suffers from a lack of spirit, the Madras High Court rescinded the order and ordered the authorities to hand over the keys to the building to Edappadi K Palaniswami, designating him as the party’s Acting General Secretary.
“The preliminary investigation did not reflect the application of the spirit as to who was in possession or none of them are in possession, or she / RDO was unable to find who was in possession. Only in such a scenario could the issue of attachment be resolved. Without this, a mechanical order tying up the ownership of the state’s premier opposition party headquarters will strike at the very democratic process and amount to oppression,” Judge N Sathish Kumar said in fully allowing EPS’ plea and partially authorizing the prosecution. filed by O Panneerselvam.
EPS and OPS challenged RDO’s decision to lock and seal the AIADMK headquarters and claim the right to the party headquarters.
The judge ordered the police to provide adequate bandwidth and protection to the building around the clock. ‘access the building for a period of one month from today,’ the judge said.