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.