DVAC names two former ministers in charge sheet in DA case

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) filed a charge sheet against former AIADMK ministers for health C Vijayabhaskar and higher education K P Anbalagan in connection with the disproportionate assets case (Check) on Monday, the agency said.

The two ministers and several accused from their family and friends have been charged with amassing disproportionate assets worth several thousand crores.

This is the first time a charge sheet has been filed against the opposition after the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) formed the government in May 2021.

Besides the two who have been charge-sheeted, the agency has registered cases against former ministers SP Velumani (three cases), MR Vijayabhaskar, P Thangamani, R Kamaraj and former MLA KPP Baskar.

DVAC filed a 150-page charge sheet against Anbalagan, a sitting MLA from the Palacode assembly constituency, at the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court in Dharmapuri, said an official not wishing to be named.

“The supporting documents with evidence run for 10,000 pages. Our main finding is that Anbalagan has bought quarries for mining in the name of his son, son-in-law and son-in-law’s brothers, which he has routed through a trust,” the official said.

When DVAC (check) registered a case against Anbalagan in January 2022, the assets were pegged at ₹113,295,755 ( ₹11.32 crore) disproportionate to his known sources of income. But, after investigation, it has gone up to ₹452,053,363 ( ₹45.20 crore), the agency said.