K.T. Sangameswaran

Cases registered against them a decade ago

CHENNAI: Nearly a decade after it registered "disproportionate wealth cases" against two former All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Ministers, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption has filed charge sheets in a special court here.

The charge sheets against former Education Minister C. Aranganayakam and former Forest Minister K. Lawrence have been taken on file. Special judge R. Dakshinamurthy has posted the cases for further hearing this month.

Two cases

With the filing of the charge sheets, only two First Information Reports out of a total of 46 cases registered by the DVAC and the Crime Branch CID during the earlier DMK rule are pending in the special court, official sources told The Hindu . Some of the FIRs were treated as closed.

The latest charge sheets were submitted during the Assembly elections last month.

The charge against Mr. Aranganayakam, registered in 1996, is that he had acquired wealth to the tune of Rs.92,20,911 which, the police said, was disproportionate to known sources of his income.

His wife and two sons have been cited as the other accused.

Nearly 185 witnesses have been listed in the charge sheet. The case has been posted for June 13.

Mr. Lawrence, now in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, has been charged with possessing wealth to the tune of Rs.30,75,190.

His wife is cited as the other accused. The next hearing in the case, registered in 1997, is on June 12.

Trial on

Trial in three other cases are on before the special court.

One is against former AIADMK Minister Ku.Pa. Krishnan for allegedly acquiring "disproportionate wealth" to the tune of Rs.3.72 crore. Another is against former AIADMK MLA V. Panneerselvam, for allegedly possessing wealth to the tune of Rs.21.36 lakh.

Yet another case is against N. Kasinathan, a retired Joint Director of Collegiate Education (finance), and four others, for alleged irregularities in purchase and supply of laboratory articles, through the centralised purchase system, for government arts and science colleges and aided colleges, thus securing a pecuniary advantage of Rs. 56.36 lakh.