Madras High Court, today ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry into claims that a department run by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami illegally awarded government contracts, reported. The court was hearing a petition filed by Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
The petition had claimed that there were irregularities in the awarding of state highways department contracts. The court asked the investigating agency to submit a preliminary report within three months, reported.
In July, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief MK Stalin submitted a memorandum to Governor Banwarilal Purohit demanding an investigation into claims that the Tamil Nadu chief minister illegally allotted contracts to a construction firm.
The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam refuted the allegations against Palaniswami and described them as “baseless and unfounded”, reported.
Stalin had cited raids conducted by the Income Tax Department as part of its investigation into a highway construction firm for allegedly evading tax worth over Rs 160 crore.
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam said the state government had violated the law by assigning contracts to three firms “controlled by persons who have close connections” with Palaniswami.>
Madras High Court orders CBI probe on DMK’s plea to register an FIR on alleged corruption in awarding of contracts by State highways department, a portfolio held by Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami.
— ANI (@ANI) October 12, 2018