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Raids on premises of former minister

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E.V. Velu
E.V. Velu

Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) on Thursday conducted searches on the premises of former State Minister E.V. Velu of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) after registering a disproportionate wealth case against him.

According to a release, the agency conducted a discreet enquiry based on specific information that Mr. Velu, during his tenure as the Minister of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, had accumulated movable/immovable assets disproportionate to his known sources of income in his name and the name of his family members.

Scrutiny of documents between April 1, 2006 and March 31, 2010 revealed disproportionate wealth to the tune of Rs.26.3 lakh.

A case under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was registered against the former Minister.

Simultaneous searches were conducted on the premises of Mr. Velu, presently the MLA of Tiruvannamalai Assembly constituency, and his family members in Tiruvannamalai district and Chennai.

Staff Reporter adds from Tiruvannamalai:

DVAC officials from across districts started simultaneous search operations in the houses and administrative offices of colleges run by Mr. Velu's family in and around Tiruvannamalai.

Nine teams, each led by DSPs of different units of the DVAC, raided the houses of Mr. Velu and his son Kumaran; the family- run Arunai Engineering College in Then Mathur village near here; a house owned by Mr.Velu in Bavaji Nagar, Tiruvannamalai, where his brother Manoharan is residing; on Mr. Velu's mother-in-law's house in Se.Gudalur village near here; and the administrative offices of Arunai Engineering College, Arunai College of Engineering, Jeeva Velu International School, Kamban Arts and Science College and the Saraswathi Ammal Educational Trust.

Vijayaragavan, DSP, Kancheepuram unit of the DVAC, told reporters that a computer hard disk had been seized.

Scrutiny of documents revealed disproportionate wealth to the tune of Rs.26.3 lakh

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