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DVAC searches at premises linked to former AIADMK minister, party cries ‘political vendetta’

In the FIR, the DVAC stated that Veeramani, while serving as the Tamil Nadu Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration Department, “intentionally enriched himself illicitly” and “was in possession of pecuniary resources and properties” in the name of his mother.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: September 16, 2021 9:53:52 pm
K C Veeramani, Edappadi K PalaniswamiFormer Tamil Nadu Minister for Commercial Taxes K C Veeramani (L) with AIADMK leader and former Chief Mibister Edappadi K Palaniswami. (Twitter/@KCVeeramaniofl)

The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) police launched searches at 35 premises linked to former Tamil Nadu Minister KC Veeramani Thursday.

The search operation began around 7 am in several places like Tirupattur, Krishnagiri, Ranipet, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Chennai in TN and two places in Bengaluru. The DVAC sleuths registered a case against the AIADMK leader under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In a statement, the DVAC said a case was registered against Veeramani in Vellore in connection with alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. There are charges that he intentionally enriched himself during his tenure of office as Tamil Nadu Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration Departments.

The search operation was conducted across 35 places including two in Bengaluru and six in Chennai. They include residences of Veeramani, his relatives and his close associates who are suspected to have been in possession of assets on behalf of the AIADMK leader and business firms of which he is a partner.

“During the search proceedings, net cash of Rs 34,01,060, US dollar currency worth Rs 1.80 lakhs, nine luxury cars (including one Rolls Royce car), 5 computer hard disks, 4.987 Kgs (623 sovereigns) of gold jewels, 47 grams of diamond jewels, 7.2 kgs of silver articles, bank passbooks, property documents were identified and the cash, materials and documents relevant to the cash were seized and also 275 units of sand (approximately worth Rs 30 lakhs) was found to be deposited in the residential premises of KC Veeramani,” the statement read. Investigation is still ongoing.

The DVAC search operation takes place a month after anti-corruption watchdog and NGO Arappor Iyakkam lodged a complaint against the AIADMK leader.

During the raids at Veeramani’s residence in Jolapet, AIADMK workers raised slogans against the DMK government and the police officials. The AIADMK released a statement accusing the DMK government of acting with a political vendetta.

The coordinator and co-coordinator of AIADMK – O Pannerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami, said with the schedule for the rural local body elections having been announced, the DMK government, who are unable to fulfill their poll promises and facing the wrath of the public, have conducted a drama in the name of raids.

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