A preliminary inquiry against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami following corruption charges against him by the DMK has commenced, the Directorate of Vigilance
and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) submitted before the Madras High Court on Friday.
Advocate General Vijay Narayan made the submission on behalf of the DVAC when the issue came up for hearing before Justice AD Jagdish Chandra.
Narayan told the court that the complaint was received on June 22, a preliminary inquiry had begun and investigation is underway.
In its petition, the DMK said it had complained to the DVAC in June this year that multi-crore government highway contracts were given to Palaniswamy’s relatives but no probe was initiated in the case.
This case was taken up for hearing on Friday during which the judges questioned the government prosecutor why the preliminary investigation was being carried out for more than two months.
The petition filed by DMK MP R S Bharathi states: “I submit that the above observations of this Hon’ble court show that when a complaint is given against a public servant the Directorate of Vigilance have to enquire into the complaint directly and no prior sanction or remarks need to be obtained by the Vigilance department.
In these circumstances it is prayed that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to direct the 1st Respondent (DVAC) to register the case and investigate the complaint dated 13.06.2018 and thus render justice.”