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Ready For Legal Action, Says Annamalai On DMK's Rs 500 Crore Damages Demand

Tamil Nadu BJP leader K Annamalai has hit back at the DMK's legal notice seeking an apology and damages for his graft allegations against party president and Chief Minister M K Stalin by demanding a similar amount for "baseless" allegations made against him. Annamalai also claimed to have "proof" of alleged corruption in the Metro rail project during the earlier DMK regime and said he would submit it to the CBI.

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Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai
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Hitting back at the DMK over its legal notice seeking apology and Rs 500 crore in damages for his graft allegations against party president and Chief Minister M K Stalin, Tamil Nadu BJP leader K Annamalai on Monday sought a similar amount from the ruling party for making certain "baseless" allegations against him.  In a statement titled "I am ready for legal action," uploaded on his Twitter page, the state BJP president also claimed there was 'proof' for alleged corruption in the Metro rail project in the earlier DMK regime and said "we are going to submit them to the CBI." 

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Taking a swipe at DMK Organisation Secretary R S Bharathi who had issued the legal notice, Annamalai asked him to "remain patient till (CBI) summons are issued to your party president and others involved" in the issue.  In its legal notice dated April 15, issued after Annamalai levelled corruption charges against Stalin and other party leaders titled "DMK files", Bharathi had insisted the allegations were "false, baseless, defamatory, imaginary and scandalous." "The DMK President has not received a single paise as illegal gratification from any person throughout his 56 years of public life," he had said and demanded an unconditional, public apology from the former IPS officer within 48 hours of receiving the notice. The party had also demanded Rs 500 crore in damages from the BJP leader.

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Annamalai, referring to Bharathi's allegations of  him receiving illegal gratification from a finance company accused of duping investors, called it "baseless, false" accusation. "I demand Rs 500 crore as damages for making baseless allegations against me and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the public domain. I wish to pay the sum to PM CARES fund, " Annamalai added. He said he will soon respond to DMK's legal notice, besides sending one demanding damages for making "baseless" charges against him.

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