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Totally wrong on TN ministers' part says Sasikala Pushpa

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The All Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa on Saturday slammed the three ministers who allegedly obstructed and threatened officials saying it is totally wrong on the ministers' part.

"It was totally wrong on the ministers' part and they should not have done it. With responsibility comes power but misusing it, is wrong! These kinds of atrocity act are not welcome by ministers," Pushpa told ANI.

Few days back, an FIR was filed against food minister R. Kamaraj, handlooms and textiles minister Udumalai Radhakrishnan and information and publicity minister Kadambur Raju on the complaint of an official with the Police commissioner.

The complaint has been filed against them for obstructing raids at health minister Vijaya Baskar's residence.

The I-T officials last week raided several premises belonging to Vijaya Baskar and his relatives in and other districts in the wake of complaints that he was involved in cash distribution to voters in R.K. Nagar constituency where a by-election was to be held on April 12.

However, Baskar, in his defence, said that the raid was politically motivated.

The I-T department also conducted searches on the premises of actor and All Samathuva Makkal Katchi leader R. Sarathkumar, former All Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) legislator Chitlapakkam Rajendran and vice-chancellor of Dr. MGR Medical University S. Geethalakshmi.

By-polls in Chennai's R.K. Nagar constituency, which was earlier represented by late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa, were cancelled by the Election Commission after cash-for-votes allegations surfaced.

The decision came after raids in found money was distributed to voters.

The officials had alleged that the Sasikala faction of the paid Rs. 89 crore to voters to buy support for its candidate TTV Dinakaran, who is also Sasikala's nephew.

As evidence, the department had cited documents seized during raids on Friday in more than 35 places - including Vijaya Baskar's property.

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 19:06 IST