HC squashes FIR against Pachamuthu

October 31, 2017

The Madras High Court quashed the FIR against T R Pachamuthu of SRM Medical College and University in connection with a multi-crore medical admission scam following directions from the Supreme Court.

Justice MS Ramesh, before whom the case came up, said the case “is required to be quashed, since all the claimants have given their consent through affidavits.”   Incidentally, it was the intention of the apex court to have the FIR quashed to enable the claimants to receive their respective claims after due adjudication, the judge said.

The matter relates to complaints filed with police by parents of medical aspirants alleging that they paid huge amounts, running into crores of rupees, to secure medical seats in the SRM Medical College in 2016. The money was paid allegedly to Pachamuthu through film producer Madhan of ‘Vendhar Movies’ by 136 aspirants. However, the seats were not given as promised and Madhan had absconded, leaving behind a suicide note. He was later traced and arrested.

The court had appointed former Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court N Paul Vasanthakumar as Commmissioner to disburse money to 136 claimants against which Pachamuthu filed a Special Leave petition in the apex court. The apex court while referring the matter again to the high court had directed all the claimants to file an affidavit to the effect that they will agree for quashing the FIR provided that their claims are settled before the HC.

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