Alleging that former Greater Schooling Minister Ok.P. Anbalagan and his members of the family amassed wealth to the tune of ₹11.32 crore disproportionate to the recognized sources of their earnings between Could 2016 and March 2021, sleuths of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) on Thursday performed searches on a number of premises belonging to them.
The company claimed it had detected unaccounted-for money of ₹2.82 crore, valuables and different incriminating paperwork.
The searches adopted an FIR registered by the DVAC towards Mr. Anbalagan, his spouse A. Malliga, 55, sons A. Sasimohan, 29, A. Chandra Mohan, 32, and Chandra Mohan’s spouse S. Vaishnavee, 32.
Whereas the AIADMK chief was booked underneath numerous Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, his members of the family had been booked on prices of aiding and abetting within the corruption of his public workplace.
In line with the FIR, there was intentional, illicit private enrichment, acquisition of properties and pecuniary assets in his identify and within the names of kin through the interval overlapping along with his ministerial tenure. The DVAC had arrived on the quantum of disproportionate acquisition of belongings primarily based on the affidavits filed by Mr. Anbalagan within the run-up to the 2016 and 2021 Meeting elections, and likewise primarily based on “info obtained from credible sources”. His affidavit in 2016 reported a consolidated asset possession of ₹1.60 crore. In April 2021, his affidavit reported a manifold leap in asset possession to ₹23.03 crore.
The DVAC, with the declared info, computed the quantum of acquisitions vis-à-vis recognized sources of earnings, financial savings, and expenditure, and “seemingly financial savings” through the ‘verify interval’ of its enquiry, particularly April 2016 to March 2021, and arrived at a disproportionate asset acquisition of over ₹11.32 crore by Mr. Anbalagan.
This apart, the DVAC’s enquiry revealed Mr. Anbalagan’s different undisclosed properties/companies run underneath numerous names. These embrace numerous stone quarries in Dharmapuri within the names of his son-in-law, a brother-in-law, and a detailed affiliate; and a granite agency by identify M/s Ganesh Granite, situated at Avvai Shanmugam Street, Gopalapuram, Chennai included underneath the identify of his niece and her husband(sister’s daughter Deepa and son-in-law N.Sivakumar). Sivakumar can also be 80% holding companion in one other granite agency in Karimnagar district of Telangana.
In a separate assertion, the DVAC cited a petition filed by a N. Krishnamoorthy earlier than the Madras Excessive Courtroom seeing a route to the anti-corruption company to analyze his earlier petition to the DVAC alleging amassment of wealth by Mr. Anbalagan. Concurrently, the DVAC was conducting its personal enquiry and primarily based on the knowledge collected, a case was registered.
In Dharmapuri, apart from Mr. Anbalagan’s home at Keragondahalli in Karimangalam, the home of the sitting AIADMK MLA of Paapireddipatti A. Govindasamy was raided.
After day-long searches in 57 places in Tamil Nadu (Dharmapuri-53, Salem-1, Chennai-3) and 1 in Telangana, the DVAC declared discovery of ₹2,87,98,650 crore in unaccounted-for money, 6.637 kg of gold ornaments, 13.85 kg of silver articles, and different incriminating paperwork together with a financial institution locker key.
Nonetheless, when contacted, Mr. Anbalagan denied any such seizure of money.
Thursday’s searches within the properties of Mr. Anbalagan is the sixth such high-profile motion carried out within the latest months towards former AIADMK Ministers on corruption prices.