Madurai, February 11: Following a plea moved by an earthmover owner, Chinnaswamy, directions were made by Justice G R Swaminathan of the Madras High court that the seized earthmover to be released by the revenue authorities after taking an undertaking from the owner that he will pay Rs. 75,000 to the revenue divisional officer, Usilampatti.
The earthmover was seized by the police alleging that it was used for the purpose of illegal sand mining.
The owner of the earthmover, Chinnaswamy, contended that erroneous allegations were registered against him.
The bench directed Chinnaswamy to submit an undertaking assuring that he would not indulge in similar activities in future which would likely result in the seizure of the vehicle and also asked to cooperate with the proceedings initiated by the officials in this regard.
The court directed the authorities to release earthmover once all the formalities get completed and further stated that “The petitioner shall completely desist from leasing out or using his earthmover for sand mining in future for any private party. If the petitioner is implicated in one more occasion, the petitioner will not be entitled to claim interim custody of the vehicle pending.”