Why no action against Panneerselvam, HC asks and threatens to order CBI probe

Why no action against Panneerselvam, HC asks and threatens to order CBI probe

The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the anti-graft body in Tamil Nadu to explain, by July 23, why no probe was initiated even three months after a complaint was lodged against Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, alleging amassment of disproportionate assets by him.

It asked why a CBI probe should not be ordered into the allegations of disproportionate assets against Panneerselvam.

Justice G Jayachandran directed the Directorate of Vigilance to explain by July 23 as to why no probe had been initiated even three months after complaint.

When the plea moved by the DMK came up for hearing, Justice G Jayachandran directed the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) to explain why no investigation had begun even three months after a complaint alleging amassment of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income was lodged against Panneerselvam.

The matter pertains to a complaint lodged by DMK MP R S Bharathi with the DVAC in March. Bharathi filed a petition in the court yesterday, seeking a direction to the DVAC to register a case and investigate into the complaint against the deputy chief minister.

In the petition, Bharathi alleged that the senior AIADMK leader had amassed wealth by abusing his power gained unlawfully and invested the same in companies and properties either in his name or that of his “benamis”.

During last Assembly elections, the Deputy Chief Minister’s declaration before the Election Commission was that he had an annual income of 5.80 lakh, the petitioner claimed and said in the same period, he had bought a car worth 17.85 lakh.