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Omandurar estate irregularities: HC orders status quo till Nov 22

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Friday ordered status quo till November 22 on the matter of alleged irregularities in the construction of the new assembly and state secretariat on estate during DMK rule.

The division bench, comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, gave the directive on a plea from P Wilson, who submitted that the interim order, originally granted on October 12 would expire Friday.

The bench was passing further interim orders on appeals from DMK chief M K and to set aside the order of Justice S M Subramaniam, who had ordered winding up of the of enquiry and directed it to hand over the records to the

The had then directed the government to go through the documents and institute criminal proceedings only if it found a prima facie case.

Wilson contended that the had simply forwarded the documents to the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption, which started its probe.

On October 1, the had observed that once a government starts functioning, its policy decisions must be "beyond its political ideologies and any pale of doubt."

It observed that the tax payers' money of Rs 400 crore spent on beautification and for other facilities for construction of a new secretariat became a "national waste."

The government had earlier informed the court it would not revive the Raghupathy Commission of Inquiry, set up by the then in 2011 to probe alleged irregularities in construction of the new secretariat here during DMK rule.

All such expenditure must be only in accordance with the constitutional principles and the interest of the public at large, the court had said.

The court had earlier directed the to suspend the commission of inquiry and raised several questions with regard to other panels in the state while observing that a time limit has to be fixed for the commissions that are to be appointed.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 22:55 IST