Jayachandran, an independent councillor of Madurai Corporation’s 62nd Ward, Arasaradi Othakadai area, who recently allegedly joined the DMK, was arrested and lodged in Madurai Jail on February 28 in a real estate fraud case.
After registering a complaint from a victim who paid money to purchase the land, during his interrogation, police found him attempting fraudulently to sell the lands of the Madurai Kallazhagar temple.
Surya Nagar, based in Subramaniam, has paid Jayachandran Rs 10.14 lakhs in instalments to purchase flats in Madurai’s Poigaikaraipatti and Kidaaripatti areas.
However, Jayachandran did not buy any flats for Subramaniam and failed to return the money. Realising he had been duped, Subramaniam filed a complaint with Madurai Police Commissioner Narendra Nair. Subsequently, Jayachandran was arrested by SS Colony police and lodged in Madurai Jail.
Further investigation by the police revealed that Jayachandran attempted to sell Kallazhagar temple land fraudulently.
According to the local Tamil daily, during the local body elections held last year after DMK assumed power, Jayachandran had expressed his desire to contest the municipal elections of Madurai on behalf of DMK. He was denied a seat as there were criminal charges against him.
However, Jayachandran contested as an independent candidate against DMK candidate Velmurugan and won Madurai’s 62nd ward councillor election. A complaint was filed against him for allegedly paying up to Rs 1,000 for the vote during the elections. After winning the election, he attempted to join the DMK to protect his real estate business and avoid lawsuits. But the local DMK leaders were unwilling to accept him into the DMK. However, on the initiative of another DMK councillor, he met Chief Minister Stalin in Chennai and joined the DMK.
He has been roaming in Madurai in a DMK-fitted SUV from that onwards. While there are numerous fraud complaints against him in various police stations, a new complaint has been filed alleging that he fraudulently attempted to sell the lands of the Kallazhagar temple.