Tamil Nadu

PMK to move court for DVAC probe against CM

Anbumani Ramadoss.

Anbumani Ramadoss.   | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan

Cites allegations of graft in allotment of highway projects

The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) would, along the lines of the DMK, move the Madras High Court seeking a probe by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) against Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in connection with alleged irregularities in the allotment of highway projects, party leader Anbumani Ramadoss said here on Sunday.

Addressing mediapersons, he said Mr. Palaniswami had been holding the Highways portfolio for the past seven years, and that serious corruption charges had been levelled against him in the allotment of contracts.

Dr. Ramadoss said he had presented a petition to the Governor, drawing his attention to various allegations of corruption made against the CM and his regime. But the Governor turned a blind eye to these allegations, he claimed. “The PMK too will move the High Court for a DVAC probe against the Chief Minister if the need arises,” he said.

Acting on a separate petition filed by the PMK leader, the Madras High Court had restrained the State government from acquiring land for the Chennai - Salem green corridor project, providing temporary relief to the people whose lands had been marked for the project.

Demanding a caste-wise census of the State’s population, he said, “This exercise is absolutely and urgently required to ensure the continuance of the 69% reservation that people enjoy in education and employment.”

“This task is not at all difficult. Any delay or failure on the part of the State government [in carrying out the census] would only lead to agitations, and the present regime would be shown the exit instantly, he warned.

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