DVAC seeks four weeks’ time in ex-minister KP Anbalagan’s assets case

He sought four weeks’ time from the court for filing a reply. Allowing the petition, the judge gave DVAC the time it sought.

Published: 21st November 2021 05:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2021 05:44 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) sought four weeks’ time from the Madras High Court to respond to a complaint seeking a probe into the alleged amassing of disproportionate assets by former Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan.

M Krishnamoorthy, ex-president of Molaiyanur village panchayat in Dharmapuri, filed a petition before the Madras High Court seeking a direction to DVAC to register a case for probing the complaint he had lodged against the ex-minister.

When the matter came up for hearing before Justice M Nirmal Kumar on Friday, the petitioner’s counsel S Duraisamy said no action had been taken ever since the complaint was lodged with the DVAC. State Public Prosecutor (SPP) Hassan Mohammed Jinnah said the complaint had been awaiting permission from the government for initiating investigation. He sought four weeks’ time from the court for filing a reply. Allowing the petition, the judge gave DVAC the time it sought.

The petitioner alleged that Anbalagan, who held the Higher Education portfolio from 2016-2021, had purchased properties worth Rs 600 crore and made investments in several places including neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

He also charged that the former minister had misappropriated government funds worth Rs 150 crore and favoured his close relatives for government contracts with a cumulative value of Rs 800 crore.

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