December 21st, 2011
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DMK strongman faces heat

RamachandranChennai: Sleuths of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) today raided the premises of former DMK Minister KKSSR Ramachandran for allegedly amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income. DVAC sources said the raids, which began around 8 am, were being conducted at the residences of Ramachandran, his son, son-in-law and other family members.

The raids were being conducted in about eight places across the State in Chennai, his native Sattur village and other places in the southern Virudhunagar districts. Ramachandran was earlier associated with the AIADMK during the MGR regime and later shifted loyalty to the DMK. Ramachandran had initially served as Minister for Health and later as Backward Classes Minister during the previous DMK regime.

Meanwhile, a DVAC release here said a preliminary probe was conducted based on specific information that Ramachandran, while serving as the Minister for Health and later as Minister for Backward Classes from 2006 to 2011, had acquired properties in his name and in the name of his family members to the tune of several lakhs.

In the enquiry, a prima facie case has been made out that Ramachandran had accumulated assets in his name and in the name of his family members disproportionate to his known sources of income. It said cases under Sections 13(2) read with 13(1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was registered on 20 December by following the due process of law.

As an essential part of investigation, searches are being conducted at nine places — seven in Virudhunagar District and  two in Chennai — including the residences and business  establishments of Ramachandran and his sons. The raids were conducted at the former Minsiter’s residence at Virudhunagar, his son Narayanan’s house at T Nagar in the city, his second son Ramesh’s house at Aruppukottai, his son-in-law Dr Arunkumar’s at Kotturpuram in Chennai. Searches were also conducted at the Ramachandran’s spinning mill at Virudhunagar, Aruppukottai, the textile shop owned by Ramesh at Aruppukottai and his cinema theatre at Virudhunagar.

After the AIADMK came to power in May, the DVAC had raided the  premises of several former DMK Ministers, including K N Nehru,  K Ponmudy, M R K Pannerselvam, T M Anbarasan, Suresh Rajan,  Veerapandi S Arumugam, Duraimurugan, Pongalur Palanisamy, and N K K P Raja, DMK MP Riteesh, sitting and former MLAs and DMK functionaries on charges of alleged land grabbing or amassing wealth or both.

Several former DMK Ministers and senior party functionaries have been facing the heat from the Jayalalithaa government on charges of either land grabbing or amassing wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. Some of them, including former MLA B Ranganathan, and those close to DMK Madurai strong an and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s son and Union Minister M K Alagiri were also detained under the Goondas Act.



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