DVAC raids 73 premises;TNPSC Chairman resigns

Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 16:27

Chennai: Directorate of Vigilance and
Anti-Corruption officials on Friday raided 73 premises of
candidates as part of its probe into alleged irregularities in
appointments made by Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission even
as its Chairman is understood to have resigned.

TNPSC sources said Chairman R Sellamuthu has submitted
his papers to Governor K Rosaiah though there was no official
confirmation.

Sellamuthu was appointed by way of a government order
dated January 3, 2010, for a period of six years during the
previous DMK regime. The ruling AIADMK had brought the nodal
recruiting agency under the vigilance ambit in August last.

Sellamuthu and other members of the Commission had come
under the DVAC scanner over alleged irregularities in
recruitment of Assistant Dental surgeons and Motor Vehicle
inspectors Grade.

A case had been registered against them under Prevention of
Corruption Act, 1988 and various IPC sections last year and
they are facing charges including criminal misconduct by
obtaining pecuniary advantage and abuse of official position.

In the fourth of its state-wide crackdown, DVAC officials
today swooped down on candidates who allegedly paid money and
are suspected to have got favours. Raids were conducted at the
premises of 73 candidates, a DVAC release said.

Searches were conducted at the premises of those who had
appeared for various exams held by TNPSC, sources said.

The places that were raided include 13 in Madurai, 10 in
Chennai, five each in Thanjavur and Pudukottai, four each in
Sivaganga, Salem and Vellore, three each in Kancheepuram,
Theni, Tiruchirapalli, Erode and Dharmapuri, a DVAC release
said.

DVAC had earlier conducted searches at the residences and
offices of TNPSC members besides staff (suspected to be
involved in the case) and suspected middle men respectively on
October 14, November 18 and December 13 last year.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 16:27

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