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Vigilance searches on,TN job panel feels heat

Sources said R Sellamuthu,the chairman of TNPSC,tendered resignation though there is no official confirmation as yet

Written by Express News Service | Chennai |
January 14, 2012 1:37:04 am

In a massive anti-corruption drive targeted at the state Public Service Commission,officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption wing conducted raids at 73 places across the state on Friday,searching the premises of candidates who are suspected to have paid bribes to officials of the Commission.

Sources said R Sellamuthu,the chairman of TNPSC,tendered resignation though there is no official confirmation as yet. The raids were the fourth in the last few months,the path for which was laid when the AIADMK government after coming to power brought the Commission under the purview of the Vigilance Directorate in August.

Friday’s operation was a massive effort,with over 500 officials fanning out across 21 districts to search the candidates who were suspected to have paid bribes to senior officials of the Commission to be appointed as assistant dental surgeons and motor vehicle inspectors. The agency had earlier raided the residences and offices of Sellamuthu and 13 other Commission members,secretaries and other staff in November. Last month,yet another round of searches were conducted at the premises of alleged middle men.

According to a statement from the agency,the searches that began at 7 am went on till late afternoon at 10 places in Chennai,13 in Madurai,five places each in Thanjavur and Pudukottai,four places each in Sivaganga,Salem and Vellore,three each in Kancheepuram,Dharmapuri,Theni,Trichy and Erode,two each in Virudhunagar,Cuddalore,Krishnagiri and Villuppuram,and one each in Dindigul,Kanniyakumari,Ramanathapuram,Tirunelveli and Namakkal.

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The latest development has put immense pressure on the existing members of the Commission,mainly its chairman,Sellamuthu,a senior IAS official who was appointed to the post last January by the previous DMK regime. Reports have it that he submitted his resignation to Governor K Rosaiah but there has not been any official confirmation on the matter so far.

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