CHENNAI: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday denied the allegation that the State government was not cooperating with the investigation by Idol Wing led by Inspector-General of Police Pon Manickavel and said all men and material required by the official had been provided in full to him.
He said this while responding to the issue raised by the Leader of Opposition MK Stalin during the Zero Hour in the Assembly. Stalin said the Madras High Court had cautioned that it would be forced to summon the Chief Secretary and the Director-General of Police if the government failed to provide the requirements of the official.
Palaniswami said earlier the Idol wing had only 29 personnel, but now 325 personnel had been deputed. When the government requested Manickavel to depute a senior official for urgent work at Thoothukudi, he turned down this request and that official was continuing in the Idol Wing even now, the CM added.
On the charge of Congress floor leader KR Ramasamy that the government was paying scant regard for resolving the idol thefts, Palaniswami said it was the late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran who had formed the idol wing and, only during the AIADMK rule, many statues were recovered.