C Alagappan, the prime accused in the cheating case registered by the Tamil Nadu police following a complaint by actor and former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Gautami Tadimalla, has approached the Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the case..The plea was taken up for hearing on Monday, November 20 by Justice CV Karthikeyan who directed Alagappan to submit a written statement explaining how original property documents belonging to Gautami came to be in his possession..The Court will hear the plea further on November 27. Advocate Renjith Marar appeared for the accused..On September 7 this year, Gautami registered a complaint with the State police claiming that Alagappan had cheated her in a property deal made almost 20 years ago.As per her complaint, in 2004 Gautami decided to sell 46 acres of land that she owned. At the time, Alagappan approached her claiming to be a builder and property agent. She gave him the power of attorney for the sale of such land. Over the years, Alagappan and his wife dealt with sale and acquisition of other assets belonging to Gautami.However, Gautami claimed that she realised only recently that in the process of such dealings, Alagappan, his wife, and their family members had misappropriated over ₹25 crores..Following the complaint, the police booked Alagappan and twelve others. Of these, six persons have been arrested. Alagappan, however, is yet to be arrested.Gautami also claimed that she and her daughter had been receiving death threats from unknown persons following her complaint to the police..On October 23, Gautami resigned from the BJP claiming that the party and its members had failed to help her at the time of need and that some party members had been aiding Alagappan.