Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam Dodges Corruption Cost As Report Triggers New Row

O Panneerselvam Dodges Corruption Charge As Report Triggers New Row

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Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam stated he was not conscious of The Week report.

Chennai:  Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK social gathering is heading into yet one more political disaster. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Friday needed to fend off severe corruption expenses that inconveniently come simply forward of the closely-watched RK Nagar by-election, lending ammunition to the opposition. A report by the journal The Week has claimed that Mr Panneerselvam, popularly referred to as OPS, was on the payroll of sand mining baron Sekhar Reddy.

The DMK has sought a CBI probe. “Solely a CBI probe can convey the reality,” the social gathering’s working president MK Stalin stated, demanding that the ministers give up their posts until they get a clear chit.

One other opposition social gathering, Pattali Makkal Katchi, or PMK, additionally demanded the resignation of the ministers to facilitate a probe, based on information company Press Belief of India.

Mr Reddy, who’s alleged to have made the funds, was arrested in March this yr by the Earnings Tax division. Investigators had allegedly seized Rs 142 crore in unaccounted wealth together with Rs 34 crore in 2,000-rupee notes and 127 kg of gold from his properties.

However one of many senior-most politicians on the coronary heart of the controversy Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam stated he was not conscious of The Week report.

Senior Minister D Jayakumar too declined to remark, as a result of he was requested the query at Raj Bhawan. “That is the Governor’s residence and I shouldn’t communicate politics,” he stated.

In keeping with the journal, a diary – now reportedly within the custody of the Earnings Tax division – was seized throughout the raids. This diary suggests virtually Rs three.79 crore was allegedly paid to OPS. The entries point out him as “Periyavar” which is inferred to imply senior.

One other Rs 2.49 crore was allegedly paid to OPS’ secretary Ramesh known as “OPS Ramesh” and one other member of the family known as Advo Kasi. Funds allegedly to electrical energy minister Thangamani, Well being and Income ministers additionally reportedly discover point out.

Primarily based on reviews that as much as Rs 400 crore was paid to Tamil Nadu’s cupboard ministers, the Earnings Tax division had earlier this yr sought permission for a probe. Chief Minister E Palaniswami has not allowed it but.

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