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Stalin meets TN Guv, level corruption charges against ruling AIADMK, CM, Ministers

Chennai: The Opposition DMK on Tuesday met Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and submitted a 98-page representation alleging large scale corruption by the ruling AIADMK, the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers.

DMK President and Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin, accompanied by senior leaders, met Mr Purohit at the Raj Bhavan and handed over the representation along with material evidences.

He requested him to direct the DVAC to inquire and register cases under Section 17-A of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 2018 and investigate the cases as per law.

Later, talking to reporters, he said the Governor promised to look into the complaint and take action.
In the representation, he said the material provided by him against the government was sufficient to initiate inquiry under provisions of the Constitution and various statutes including Indian Penal Code, Prevention
of Corruption Act, Transparency in Tenders Rules and so on.

‘We further impress, through this representation, that any restraint from proceeding with the lawful criminal prosecution, would destroy the faith of the people of Tamil Nadu in the rule of law’, he said.

The Supreme Court has reiterated in a number of cases that the rule of law forms the bedrock of democracy and this was postulated in the famous words, “Be you ever so high, the law is above you”, he said.

Mr Stalin also alleged that the DMK was submitting this representation in the light of the continued obstruction of legal proceedings by the Council of Ministers of the Tamil Nadu Government by influencing the Police Department, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption and the State Vigilance Commission in order to prevent registration of FIR and thereafter, any impartial and fair investigation into the allegations of corruption against them.

‘While doing so, the Council of Ministers, led by the Chief Minister, have continued to exert undue influence on public servants in order to stop them from taking action against organized plunder of the public exchequer. As such, these actions have broken the backbone of the principle of accountability, which is enshrined in the Constitution various statutory enactments, the diktats of the Supreme Court (notably, in Vineet Narain – vs.- Union of India) and the High Courts’, he said.

Mr Stalin said since the Governor is the head of the Executive of the State, a constitutional duty was cast upon him to ensure probity and integrity of the Council of Ministers, upon whose aid and advice the Government of the State was conducted.

‘At present, the police and vigilance authorities and also, the prosecution is directly under the control and supervision of the Council of Ministers, particularly the Chief Minister, to whom all of the heads of the aforementioned departments report.

Stating that these were cogent allegations of serious and cognizable criminal offences, which were being levelled against the members of the Council of Ministers, he said a bare reading of these allegations would reveal and establish prima facie cases of acts of corruption, accumulation of assets disproportionate to known sources of income and other offences punishable under the Prevention of Corruption Act 2018, unlawfully influencing commercial tenders leading to breach of Transparency in Tenders Rules 2000, misappropriation of public funds,
criminal breach of trust as a public servant and other offences under the Indian Penal Code 1860, are detailed in this fepresentation, for the knowledge of the Governor and swift action.

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