The case against Ponmudi and his wife was registered by the DVAC in 2002 when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) came to power in the State. The DVAC claimed that the accused persons had amassed illegal assets when Ponmudi was a minister in the DMK government between 1996 and 2001.
While the trial was being presided over by court in Villupuram, it was suddenly transferred to the Vellore principal district judge on June 7 last year. The Vellore judge then acquitted the minister and his wife saying that the prosecution had failed to furnish sufficient and legally acceptable evidence against the accused.
Incidentally, the administrative note transferring the case had been issued on a totally unrelated request sent months ago by the principal district judge of Villupuram seeking permission to conduct hearing in the case on some non-working days.