Over alleged fraud in acquiring Tamil Nadu Housing Board plots
Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on Tuesday conducted simultaneous raids on the premises of Additional Director General of Police (Mandapam) M.S. Jaffar Sait and a few others in connection with an alleged fraud in acquiring residential plots from the Tamil Nadu Housing Board.
According to sources in the agency, a case was registered on July 23 against Mr. Sait, formerly ADGP (Intelligence) under the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam regime, and others based on a complaint lodged by A. Sankar, a former employee of the DVAC.
The allegation is that Mr. Sait had entered into a criminal conspiracy with some persons and got allotment of a THNB plot in Tiruvanmiyur here. He allegedly suppressed certain information to get the allotment and later entered into an agreement with Landmark Constructions for the development of the site.
The DVAC registered a case against Mr. Sait and others under the Indian Penal Code. Some provisions under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, were also invoked.
Raids were conducted for hours at the office of the ADGP in Mandapam (Ramanathapuram district) and his residence at Anna Nagar in Chennai.
DVAC teams also raided seven other places, including the premises of Durga Shankar, son of K. Rajamanickam who served as one of the Secretaries to former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, Nijamuddin in Egmore, Balraj Johnson in Tiruvanmiyur, Jaishankar in West Mambalam and Landmark Constructions in T. Nagar.
“The complainant has alleged that Mr. Sait was allotted four plots by the TNHB in 1995 where he constructed a house and sold it. He suppressed this information and acquired another plot in his name and later cancelled it. The same plot was then allotted in the name of his daughter and again in the name of his wife,” an investigator said.
The official, in partnership with Durga Shankar, allegedly entered into an agreement with Landmark Constructions for promoting the land by constructing flats there. “We have seized a copy of the agreement during the raid. Documents submitted to the TNHB and the officials who handled the allotment process have to be examined,” the official added.
In Theni, DVAC police searched the house of former MLA Mohamad Salim (AIADMK) in Periyakulam on Tuesday. Mr. Salim, father in-law of Mr. Sait, was elected to the Assembly from Periyakulam in 1984.