A delegation of BJP functionaries called on Tamil Nadu Governor R.N. Ravi in the Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Sunday (April 23) evening and submitted a representation seeking an independent forensic audit into the audio clip, purportedly attributed to Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan, of corruption in the DMK.
BJP’s State Vice Presidents V.P. Duraisamy and Karu Nagarajan led the delegation. The BJP functionaries have sought for a forensic audit of the audio file “for the benefit of the people of Tamil Nadu. The Governor has assured us action,” he said.
Replying to a query over Mr. Rajan’s contention that it was not authentic, Mr. Duraisamy said: “We are making an allegation. Let him prove that he is not guilty.” Asked if the party would urge the Union government to take action, Mr. Duraisamy said: “If he fails to prove the source of income, the course of action would continue.” He also contended that they were of the view that voice in the audio file was that of Mr. Rajan.
BJP Tamil Nadu unit president K. Annamalai said in a statement: “We challenge him to produce an audio clip with similar content but instead in my voice. We shall submit both audio samples to a court monitored investigation and let the investigating agency ascertain the genuine nature of both audio clips.”
Mr. Annamalai, a former IPS officer said, he would submit his voice samples and further expected the Finance Minister to do the same. “So, the Finance Minister should understand that this is too big a case to be brushed under the carpet with weak statements.” Mr. Annamalai further requested the Finance Minister to not underestimate the intelligence of the people of Tamil Nadu.