CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Friday ordered a CBI probe into allegations of corruption in award of road contracts by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E.Palaniswami.
Justice A D Jagadish Chandira gave a direction to the CBI to complete preliminary investigations into the case within three months. The court directed the vigilance agency to hand over all relevant documents to the CBI within a week.
The order came three days after the Directorate of Anti-Corruption and Vigilance (DVAC) gave a clean chit to the chief minister in the case, saying there was no palpable offence.
After scrutinizing the report filed by the DVAC, the court said they are not satisfied with the report.
The DMK has alleged irregularities and corruption in the award of road contracts. It has accused Mr Palaniswami of abusing his power and allotting projects worth Rs. 3,500 crore to his relatives and 'benamis'.
“Mr Palaniswami, being a government servant, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with his relatives and 'benamis' and thereby committed criminal misconduct and obtained undue pecuniary advantage for himself,” DMK Rajya Sabha MP, R S Bharathi said in his petition.
The petitioner wanted the court to direct the DVAC to conduct a preliminary inquiry against him but later he had moved an additional plea seeking transfer of the probe to an independent investigating team.
On September 12, the court directed the DVAC to file the preliminary investigation report conducted by it against Mr Palaniswami on the complaint.
On October 9, during the hearing counsel for the petitioner said, “The party had lost confidence in the DVAC and they are supporting the CM all along”.
“The state vigilance agency had conducted a preliminary inquiry as per the procedures and all the findings had been forwarded to the vigilance commissioner as per the procedure”, said the DVAC advocate general.
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