According to the FIR, a probe was initiated on October 10, 2021 based on two petitions to DVAC received from present Speaker M Appavu in 2019.
This is the first time since May 2021 that Former Health Minister C Vijayabaskar has come under the DV&AC scanner.
The DVAC on Tuesday began searches of 26 places including 10 in Chennai, 9 in Coimbatore and seven places in Tambaram, Avadi, Tiruchy and Chengalpattu.
The land is part of 73 acres earmarked for acquisition for Chennai’s second airport in Parandur. A top registration official told TNIE that action would be taken against officials involved.
The searches were held at places belonging to the former MLA, his family members, relatives, friends, and associates.
As per the FIR, Baskar was in possession of "pecuniary resources and properties in his name and in the name of his family members to the tune of Rs 4,72,23,539'.
According to sources, in December 2021, the DVAC filed an FIR against the former minister for amassing wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
The DVAC sleuths are also conducting a raid on the premises of the father-in-law of M K Eniyan, the son of Kamaraj, located at Pookara Vastath Theru in Thanjavur.
The regional deputy milk commissioner (Madurai), who is facing a disproportionate-assets case, has been suspended and was not allowed to retire on Wednesday.
The department conducted the probe in July 2021 following complaints about unqualified candidates being given jobs.
Based on the input, a joint surprise check was conducted by the officials of DVAC Coimbatore detachment along with the Deputy Inspection Cell Officer of Coimbatore district on Saturday.
The NGO called for the cancellation of the tenders immediately and action against the officials involved.
It has seized 11.152 kg of gold ornaments 118.506 kg of silver, incriminating documents, unaccounted cash of over 84 lakh, mobile phones, locker keys of several banks and computer hard discs.
While DVAC raided 58 premises in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, they have accused him of Rs 58.23 crores which is 3,928 per cent of his total income.
According to police, the incident happened between September 2019 and August 2020 when the suspect, M Balamurugan, was the sub registrar at the Othakadai sub-registrar office in Madurai.