DMK working president M K Stalin on Monday urged Governor Banwarilal Purohit for a probe under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for alleged favoritism in the award of highway contracts.
Raising the issue of the recent IT raids on a highway construction firm, DMK on Monday petitioned Purohit seeking a probe against Palaniswami under the Prevention of Corruption Act over alleged unlawful award of contracts.
Citing the recent income tax searches over alleged tax evasion over Rs 160 crore by a highway construction firm, Stalin, in a memorandum to Purohit, alleged that contracts running into crores of rupees have been awarded “unlawfully” to this firm and two other companies.
According to the memorandum, Subramaniam, Seyyadurai and Sekar Reddy (also under the IT scanner) are partners in Balaji Tollways Pvt Ltd, which along with Vekatachalapathy and Company and SPK and Company have been awarded road building contracts worth Rs 3,120 crore.
The petition stated that EPS has held the portfolio of Highways and Minor Ports department since 2011 and went on to state that he has allocated around four contracts pertaining to road construction and maintenance to firms owned by Nagarajan Seyyadurai and P Subramaniam.
When asked about AIADMK Minister D Jayakumar’s charge that DMK too had awarded the contracts to same contractors, Stalin said that no contracts were given to the relatives of his party leaders.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK has wondered as to why DMK should approach the governor on the same issue over which it had already preferred a complaint with the DVAC.
These allegations are only an effort to be in the limelight and there is nothing in these allegations, AIADMK spokesperson R M Babu Murugavel said.