SRM University Chancellor Pachamuthu arrested
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu police on Friday arrested the Chancellor of SRM University T.R.Pachamuthu in connection with the medical college admission cheating case, said police.
The action comes after the Madras High Court recently asked the police why they did not question Pachamuthu despite the complaint against the group and threatened to transfer the investigation to some other agency.
The SRM group has large interests in education — engineering, medical — healthcare, transport, media and others.
Pachamuthu was also the founder of the Indhiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) party that aligned with the BJP during the 2014 general elections and 2016 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
According to the complaints lodged with the police S.Madhan of Vendhar Movies and a key person in IJK had collected crores of rupees from parents to secure admission in the medical college belonging to the SRM group.
However, Madhan disappeared in May this year after purportedly writing a note that the money collected from the parents has been given to the SRM group.
Reacting to that Pachamuthu in a statement said he is not connected with Madhan as he was expelled from the IJK party.
Meanwhile, Madhan’s family has filed a habeas corpus petition in the Madras High Court which threatened to transfer the investigation to some other independent agency.
On Friday, the Chennai Central Crime Branch (CCB) registered cases against him under Sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (punishment for breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code and arrested him. He was then taken to the Judicial Magistrate Court at Saidapet for remand.