Consider reconstitution of committee  to probe sleaze, Puducherry govt told

Published: 11th November 2016 02:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th November 2016 03:13 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: Madras High Court has directed the Puducherry government to consider a representation from a local MLA seeking reconstitution of a committee, formed to probe allegations of corruption against  M Balassoupramanien, selected to the post of Assistant Commissioner, Department of Drug Control.
The first bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan gave the directive while taking on file and ordering notice on a PIL from the legislator, V Manikandan, on Thursday.

According to petitioner, he raised issues with regard to closure of about 150 drug companies in Puducherry in the recent past due to the corrupt practices of the then Drug Inspector Balassoupramanien, who had wielded undue influence to favour certain group of drug companies, on the floor of the Puducherry Assembly on September 2 last. There were several other complaints pending against him. During an enquiry by CBI against the drug companies in 2010-11, it was found that Balassoupramanien was unfit to be promoted further. Despite these serious allegations, he was promoted as  Assistant Commissioner, by an order of June 16 last. The irony was that there was no such post in the department. There were only three posts namely, Drugs Controller, Assistant Drugs Controller (Licensing authority) and Drug Inspector. However, the Assistant Commissioner post has been created without authority to accommodate Balassoupramanien with the influence ofthe Under Secretary of the Health department during the recent election time. It was made without any recommendation from the Law department and without obtaining vigilance clearance, petitioner contended.

Acceding to his request, the government constituted a panelconsisting of the under secretary to government, Director (Health) KV Raman and Chief Pharmacist Venkatesan. The committee is yet to commence the probe.

Stay up to date on all the latest Tamil Nadu news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp