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File report on probe against TN CM on DMK's graft plaint: HC

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Wednesday directed the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-to file a report on the day-to-day preliminary investigation conducted by it against K Palaniswami on a complaint filed against him in award of contracts.

It asked the whether DVAV officials have concluded that no offence was made out in the plaint filed by R S Bharathi.

Passing an interim order, Justice A D directed the DVAC to file the comprehensive report on the day-to-day preliminary investigation conducted by it.

"So, your officers have come to the conclusion that there is no cognizable offence made out," the asked while hearing the matter.

"Let the report be filed in a sealed cover and also explain why the complainant has not been inquired by the investigating officer," Justice said.

The passed the interim order on the plea by Bharathi who alleged that Palaniswami had abused his power and allotted highway projects worth Rs 3,500 crore to his relatives and 'benamis'.

Bharathi wanted the court to direct the DVAC to conduct a preliminary inquiry and register an FIR.

On Tuesday, the moved an additional plea seeking to transfer the probe to an independent investigating team, since DVAC was technically under the

When the plea came up on Wednesday, for petitioner N R Elango submitted that the cost of projects that would ordinarily not exceed Rs 8 to 10 crore has escalated to Rs 21 crore and above.

Citing a manual of the for projects funded by it, Elango said according to the document "the tender issuing authorities should not have any conflict of interest with the firms to which such contracts are awarded".

Refuting the allegation, submitted that the chief ministers son got married to the daughter of one such only in 2014. But the is in the business since 1991.

"In view of such marriage they cannot become ineligible to get such contracts," Narayan contended.

When the raised a specific allegation of crony capitalism and "what kind of investigation has been done on the allegations of cost escalation? the DVAC refuted it.

"There is no enhancement of cost at all. These are all 'annuity contract' projects completely monitored by the At this stage court must only see whether process of law is followed," Narayan said.

Technically the plea has become infructuous since DVAC has completed the preliminary investigation and forwarded its report to the Vigilance Commissioner, Narayan submitted.

When the judge asked if the DVAC officers have come to a conclusion that no offence was made out, he said a report has been sent to the based on the inquiry.

"The can reject the report or direct us to proceed further. It is up to the "

The judge posted the plea to September 17 for further hearing.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 22:35 IST