vijayabaskar: Tamil Nadu: DVAC raids 50 premises of C Vijayabaskar in the case of Rs 27 crore DA | Chennai News



CHENNAI: C Vijayabaskar on Monday became the fourth former minister in the AIADMK government to be raided by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Directorate (DVAC) for having amassed assets disproportionate to his declared sources of income.
An FIR dated October 17 accused Vijayabaskar and his wife Ramya of illegally acquiring assets to the tune of Rs 27.2 crore during the monitoring period between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2021. Among the assets are find about 14 educational institutions and a trust, all run in the name of Mother Teresa.
The triple deputy held the health portfolio in the previous AIADMK government.
On Monday morning, at least 50 premises, spread across six districts of TN, were raided by teams comprising more than 30 deputy commissioners of police and 150 other staff members. Election affidavits and discreetly collected information such as bank details, registration documents and transportation documents were used for the investigation, the agency said.
The FIR said Vijayabaskar and his wife had assets worth Rs 6.4 crore at the start of the monitoring period. The duo showed legal sources of income for Rs 58.6 crore, and Rs 34.5 crore was shown as expenses. On this basis, the DVAC treated 27.2 crore rupees as an illegally acquired asset.
DVAC said Vijayabaskar and Ramya run more than half a dozen businesses. They had deposits in banks, jewelry, motor vehicles, farmland, and residential sites. DVAC said Rs 23.8 lakh in cash, 4.8 kg of gold items, RC books of 136 freight vehicles and other property documents were identified during the searches. Cash, 10 hard drives and other incriminated documents relating to the case were seized. The investigation will continue, the agency said.
The ex-minister owned transit trucks and mixers worth Rs 6.6 crore, farmland in Kancheepuram for Rs 4 crore and a house in T Nagar for Rs 14.57 crore.
In Pudukottai district alone, searches have been carried out in 28 locations since 7 a.m. Monday, and four more premises were added in the evening. The DVAC teams are spread over nine educational establishments in agriculture, paramedical sciences, engineering and technology, polytechnic college, enrollment high school, college of nurses, physical education and physiotherapy. A team also searched for Mother Teresa Charitable Trust at the Rasi complex in Iluppur. Rasi Blue Metals and V Infrastructure in Thiruvengaivasal in Pudukkottai district were also searched.
In Trichy, the DVAC searched four locations, including the residence of a Uthayakumar in Edamalaipattipudhur and an apartment in Gandhi Nagar. In Coimbatore, DVAC raided two places belonging to the father-in-law of former Vijayabaskar on the Nanjundapuram road in the city of Coimbatore and a private company in Peelamedu.
When the raids took place at the former minister’s residence in Kilpauk, his former cabinet colleagues SP Velumani and P Thangamani, as well as party officials and lawyers kept watch outside the premises until the afternoon.


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