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HC reserves order on DMK plea against TN CM over graft charges

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The vigilance agency in on Tuesday informed the that no cognisable offence had been made out against K Palaniswami in a complaint lodged by opposition DMK alleging corruption in award of road contracts.

(AG) made the submission on behalf of the and (DVAC) before Justice A D Jagadish Chandira, who later reserved his order on a petition by the DMK over the issue.

The DMK, represented by its organising R S Bharathi, MP, has alleged irregularities and corruption in award of road contracts. It has accused Palaniswami of abusing his power and allotting projects worth Rs 3,500 crore to his relatives and 'benamis'.

Originally, the petitioner wanted the court to direct the DVAC to conduct a preliminary inquiry and register an FIR on its complaint submitted in June this year.

Later, he had moved an additional plea seeking transfer of the probe to an independent investigating team saying the DVAC was technically under the

The court had on September 12 directed the DVAC to file a report on the day-to-day preliminary investigation conducted by it against Palaniswami on the complaint.

During the hearing Tuesday, N R Elango, appearing for the petitioner, said the party had lost confidence in DVAC as the agency had been "supporting" the all along.

Refuting the charge, the AG said the DVAC conducted a preliminary inquiry as per the procedures laid down and its findings had been forwarded to the

Responding to a query by the judge, he said the highways department came under the Chief Minister while the DVAC was an independent authority under the administration of Vigilance Commissioner, who is a in the cadre of

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 17:45 IST