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Massive blow for DMK after CBI targets Karunanidhi’s family

Chennai, Mar 27 (): The DMK on Monday received a massive blow after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) attached some of the top party leaders in connection with the illegal car import case.

Sources said that the investigating agency has also approached the Regional Transport Offices in Chennai with an intention to receive some more details of the vehicles allegedly imported by a Hyderabad-based businessman in violation of norms as cars belonging to DMK leader MK Stalin’s son and MK Alagiri remained to be untraceable.

A total of thirty-three imported vehicles were located by the CBI and were handed over to the respective owners intending that all the located vehicles would be produced before the court whenever required during the probe. Sources said the CBI is expecting some more vehicles to be located which is believed to be in possession of Stalin’s son Udayanidhi and former Union Minister MK Alagiri.

According to reports received, the cars were imported by Hyderabad-based Alex C Joseph along with a senior intelligence officer of DRI Muruganandan. The raid was conducted on March 21 by the agency at various locations including Stalin’s house in Chennai in connection with the case, after the DMK withdrew support to the Congress-led UPA government at the centre.

A case was also registered under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) including forgery, cheating, criminal conspiracy and abuse of official position against DRI official Muruganandan and businessman Joseph apart from some more anonymous persons.

The agency after the raid revealed evidence which proves that the officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) reportedly hid details of illegal car imports of different members of DMK.

Reports also revealed that the accused DRI officials made an attempt to put a mask on the information about the luxury cars used by MK Alagiri, MK Stalin and his son Udayanidhi.

The search which was conducted by the agency was called off soon after the interference of Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram but with the fresh revelations of the CBI the probe is likely to continue once again.