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The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court Wednesday permitted the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to appeal against the acquittal of all 17 accused in the 2007 Tamil daily Dinakaran arson case.

A lower court in December 2009 acquitted the accused in the incident in which three employees of the daily were burnt to death.

Except for a police officer, who was charged with negligence, all other accused were DMK workers and supporters of M.K. Alagiri, now the union minister for chemicals and fertilisers and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s son.

The attack on the Dinakaran office, allegedly by Alagiri’s supporters, came after the daily published a survey that said Dayanidhi Maran – son of late Murasoli Maran a nephew of Karunanidhi – ranked ahead of Alagiri in popularity.

The case was later transferred from police to the CBI.


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