Security beefed up at Justice M Sundar's residence

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 08, 2018 03:21 PM IST

Chennai: Justice M Sundar of the Madras High Court, who delivered a split verdict in the 18 AIADMK MLAs’ disqualification case, has received an anonymous letter threatening to do away with his family.

The letter threatened M Sundar of dire consequences for having delivered the verdict against the party in power. It specifically stated that the handful of policemen posted at his residence would not be able to safeguard his family members.

On coming to know of it, Chief Justice Indira Banerjee immediately spoke to Commissioner of Police, A K Viswanathan, and made sure that the puisne judge and his family were provided with additional guards round the clock.

A barricade has also been put up on the road leading to his bungalow in Chennai and a policeman has been deployed over there to keep a check on visitors.

The judgment delivered by him sent ripples across the State, since he differed with the Chief Justice and penned a dissenting judgment, setting aside the disqualification.

Justice Sundar had held that the Speaker’s 18 September order disqualifying the 18 MLAs owing allegiance to sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran was liable to be struck down on the grounds of perversity, mala fide and non-compliance with the principles of natural justice.