Advocate R Karmegam (42) and his wife K Nagamani (36) of Madurai have been booked by the police for willfully ramming their car into a hotel on the Bypass Road in Ponmeni.
Another advocates Murugaraj, Kannan, Muthupillai, Arunnagar and Shanmugam have also found case registered against them under Section 307 of the IPC. The reason for the intentional ramming of the car was due to a property dispute.
In the mayhem, five employees of the hotel received injuries and have been identified as R Manikandan – Hotel Manager, along with employees Manjubharathi, Muthulakhsmi, Meena and Subburam all of whom lodged complaint at SS Colony Police Station. Damages to the hotel have been estimated at around INR 40 lakhs.
An ongoing land dispute between the lawyer and owner of Gowri Krishna hotel is the reason for this attack. Sources claim that while the hotel is run by Muthukrishnan, Karmegam has been trying to forcibly encroach on to the land in front of the hotel claiming ownership.
This has not only caused continual disruption in the daily functioning of the hotel but also caused much animosity between both the hotel owner and the lawyer. While Muthukrishnan has filed an RTI application, it is yet to be ascertained who is the rightful owner of the land. R Manikandan – Hotel Manager claims that the act of ramming the car into the hotel was due to the fact that at the lawyer had heard about the filing of RTI application.