The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has summoned DMK president M K Stalin’s son and youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin to answer charge, in his capacity as managing director of Murasoli trust, that the party paper is located in Chennai in a land given to Dalits during the British rule.
Acting on a complaint by BJP State secretary R Srinivasan that the Murasoli building was built on a Panchami land in Chennai assigned to Dalits by the British, the commission initially summoned Tamil Nadu Secretary K Shanmugham for the hearing in New Delhi.
It has now rescheduled the meeting at Chennai on Nov 19 and summoned Udhayanidhi also to answer the charge in his capacity as MD of the trust.
R S Bharathi of the DMK legal wing has said he will defend Udhayanidhi before the commission and prove through documents that there is no basis for the BJP leader’s allegation that Murasoli office was built on a Panchami land .
The BJP leader’s charge led to a war of words between Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S Ramadoss and DMK president M K Stalin. Refuting the charge, Stalin said he would release documents at the appropriate time and at the appropriate forum.
To give a quietus to the controversy, Stalin released a revenue department document showing that the particular land was not assigned to the Dalits. He also showed patta for the land which he said was got from the owner by Murasoli .
He dared Ramadoss to quit politics for failing to prove his charge. Ramadoss, however, said Stalin was not able to show original documents.
Now the controversy has taken a new turn with the commission summoning Udhayanidhi.