The Madras High Court today sought a detailed investigation report from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on the graft charges on Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
When a case filed by DMK leader R S Bharathi came up for hearing, Justice Jagadish Chandra directed the Director of DVAC to file report on probe conducted on daily basis.
DMK organising secretary R S Bharathi on Tuesday insisted on a Madras High Court-monitored probe by a special investigation team into allegations of large-scale corruption in award of civil contracts by the Highways Department, a portfolio held by Chief Minister Palaniswami.
In a rejoinder affidavit filed in the court, he accused Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) sleuths of attempting to help the Chief Minister “get away with all his corrupt and illegal activities” by “concealing/shying away from placing all facts (related to the allegations) before this honourable court.
The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) told the Madras High Court that the initial probe into allegations of corruption against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has been completed.
The probe was conducted after DMK’s Organising Secretary RS Bharathi filed a complaint alleging large-scale corruption in the contracts awarded for the construction and maintenance of highways. Edappadi Palaniswami held the portfolio of the highways department until his elevation as the Chief Minister in February 2017.