DVAC sleuths raid 52 locations, including the home of former TN minister SP Velumani.
Velumani, a former AIADMK minister, is accused of abusing his position as minister of municipal administration by favoring his close allies, including his brother, in the building bidding process.
The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) police started searches on Tuesday at 52 locations, including the house of former Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister SP Velumani, in connection with a corruption investigation against him.
According to sources, close to 35 locations in Coimbatore, including Thondamuthur, Vadavalli, and others, as well as 15 locations in Chennai and one each in Dindigul and Kancheepuram, have been raided. As the officers arrived at Velumani’s Chennai home at 7 a.m., hundreds of supporters gathered outside as the searches began.
The DVAC investigators have opened an investigation into the former minister based on a petition filed in 2018 by Rajya Sabha MP RS Bharathi and V Jayaraman, the convenor of the non-governmental organization Arappor Iyakkam. The FIR names a total of 17 people, including Velumani and his brother P Anbarasan.
According to the FIR, former AIADMK minister Velumani abused his position as minister of municipal administration by favoring his close allies, including his brother, in the building job contract process.
During the fiscal year 2014-2018, the total value of bids granted to his closely linked firms is about Rs 464.02 crores in Greater Chennai Corporation and approximately Rs 346.81 crores in Coimbatore Municipal Corporation, according to the FIR.
It should be mentioned that on July 20, the Tamil Nadu government told the Madras High Court that it may restart the investigation into Velumani’s corruption accusations and file an FIR. R Shanmugasaundaram, the advocate-general, informed the first bench of Sanjiv Banerjee and Justice Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy that the DVAC had closed the allegations against him without questioning some employees.
The court was hearing a petition from Arappor Iyakkam, who alleged several crores of rupees in irregularities in contract job distribution for the two city bodies and requested the formation of a special investigation team to look into the claims.
On Monday, R Thiruvengadam of Coimbatore filed a case against Velumani for allegedly defrauding him of Rs 1.25 crore in exchange for a government contract.
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