Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption teams on Tuesday carried out raids on the residences of former Assembly secretary M. Selvaraj and other retired and serving officials in the State government following allegations of malpractices.

According to a DVAC release, officers carried out an inquiry following “specific information” about malpractices committed by the former Assembly secretary during his tenure between August 2007 and March 2011.A team raided Mr. Selvaraj’s apartment on Brewery Road at Shenoy Nagar here as part of the investigation and seized documents.

The DVAC alleged that during his tenure, Mr. Selvaraj made many personal domestic trips by air and claimed over Rs.75,000 stating they were official trips.

He gave government vehicle repair orders to private automobile workshops and collected commission.

Another charge was that he illegally sanctioned flats in MLA quarters to unauthorised persons causing loss to his department. The DVAC alleged that Mr. Selvaraj conspired with his colleagues K. Indira, Joint Secretary of the Legislative Assembly Secretariat (now retired), P.S.K. Singaravelu, Committee Officer, and S. Balakrishnan, Section Officer, and “fraudulently obtained Rs.3.90 lakh from State funds claiming that renovation works were carried out at the Assembly library”.

The DVAC teams simultaneously conducted raids on the houses of Ms. Indira on Umpathi Street at West Mambalam; Mr. Singaravelu on Solaiamman Koil Street, Ayanavaram; and Mr. Balakrishnan on Sixth Link Road, LIC Colony, Pammal.

Cases have been registered against the four persons, citing provisions of law related to corruption and cheating.

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