A case has been registered against Nilakottai MLA A Ramasamy of the Puthiya Thamizhagam (PT) party for allegedly cheating and threatening a contractor over payment of commission for carrying out development work under the legislator’s constituency development fund.
Nagarajan, a PWD contractor and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary, preferred a complaint with Dindigul Superintendent of Police T Jayachandran alleging that the MLA demanded commission of 22 per cent to allot contracts for development work worth Rs 50 lakh in 2011-12. In his complaint, Nagarajan said that he gave an advance payment of Rs 11 lakh. However, Ramasamy offered him works worth Rs 20 lakh only.
According to the contractor, when he approached Ramasamy to seek contracts worth `30 lakh or get his commission payment back, the MLA refused to return the money and even threatened to kill him.
SP Jayachandran forwarded the complaint to the District Crime Branch for investigation.
On inquiry, the District Crime Branch found that the allegations made against the MLA were true and registered a cheating case against him on Friday.
Following this, another contractor Kaamanan also came forward and alleged that the MLA had taken Rs 2.20 lakh from him by promising to give him contracts for development works worth Rs 50 lakh. However, the MLA allotted work of only Rs 40 lakh, he claimed.