DVAC searches at former TN minister`s premises

Searches were conducted at Rajan`s residence, steel factory, fish net factory and and its office premises and other places.

Chennai: Vigilance and Anti Corruption
officials on Saturday conducted searches at seven premises of Suresh
Rajan in Kanyamkumari and Tirunelveli districts on charges of
possessing disproportionate assets, the sixth former DMK
minister to come under the scanner.

Searches were conducted at Rajan`s residence, steel
factory, fish net factory and and its office premises and
other places, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption
said.

The action came on the basis of a "specific and credible
information" that Rajan had acquired movable and immovable
properties disproportionate to his known sources of income
between 2006 and 2010, it said in a statement.

A criminal case has been registered under section 13 (2)
r/w 13 (1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the
DVAC said.

Talking to reporters at Tirunelveli, Rajan said he was
paying tax for his income promptly and was ready to face any
investigation regarding his property.

Rajan, who held the Registration and Tourism portfolio,
is the sixth former DMK minister against whom action has been
taken by Jayalalithaa government after it came to power in
May.

Vigilance officials had earlier conducted raids at the
premises of K Ponmudi, Veerapandi S Arumugam, K N Nehru, N K K
P Raja and M R K Paannerselvam following complaints of land
grabbing.

PTI

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