Stalin Brings Corruption Charges Against CM to Chief, Palaniswami Refutes Accusations
Top leaders of MK Stalin Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Tuesday presented a 97-page document to Governor Banwarilal Purohit listing corruption charges against Prime Minister Edapaddi Palaniswami, his deputy O Paneerselvam and six other All India ministers. Anna Dravida. Government of Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
Stalin brought charges of corruption, abuse of public office, obstruction of justice and other crimes against Palaniswami, Panneerselvam and accused high-ranking ministers of accumulating wealth disproportionate to their income. There were also charges against the local administration minister SP Velumani, the health minister C Vijayabhaskar, the electricity minister P Thangamani, the fisheries minister D Jayakumar, the finance minister RB Udhayakumar and the food minister R Kamaraj.
“We have provided this evidence to the Directorate for Surveillance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC). We have presented several cases but no action has been taken, “Stalin told reporters after meeting with Purohit. “The governor has the power of the Anticorruption Law of 2018. It is on that basis that we have filed the complaint.” Stalin requested the governor to instruct the DVAC to investigate and record cases under Section 17A of the Prevention of Corruption Act of 2018.
The DMK document, titled ‘Corruption on a Large Scale’ by the Prime Minister and the Council of Ministers of the AIADMK government (2016-2020), claims that Palaniswami engaged in corruption by awarding road tenders to his relatives.
In reaction to Stalin’s request, Prime Minister Palaniswami told reporters in Thoothukudi that there was no room for corruption as tenders were posted online. He was flanked by the Minister of Finance, RB Udhayakumar, and the Minister of Food, R Kamaraj, who responded to the specific accusations. “It is DMK that is indulging in corruption and their cases are pending in court,” Palaniswami said, showing documents. “All of this will come out soon. DMK is spreading fake news and seeking attention. “