The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption on Thursday conducted simultaneous raids on the premises of former Minister Parithi Ellamvazhuthi after registering a disproportionate wealth case against him, sources in the agency said.

On specific information that Mr. Parithi Ellamvazhuthi, who was the Minister for Information and Publicity in the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) regime, had accumulated assets in his name and also in the name of his family members, the DVAC conducted a discreet enquiry.

Investigation revealed that he had accumulated movable/immovable assets to the tune of Rs. 1.56 crore during June 1, 2006 to March 31, 2010.

After registering a case against Mr. Parithi Ellamvazhuthi under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the agency conducted raids on his premises at Palavakkam here.

Searches were also conducted in the house of his family members at four places in Chennai, the sources added.