Ex health minister raided

According to the FIR, a verification process revealed that Vijayabaskar accumulated maximum assets, ‘intentionally enriched himself’ during the check period from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2021. C Vijayabaskar, who is also the AIADMK’s organisational secretary and Pudukottai north district secretary, was elected from Viralimalai Assembly constituency in the Cauvery district in April this year.

A case was filed by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption wing on Monday against C Vijayabaskar, who was the Health Minister in the previous AIADMK regime, for possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of ₹27.22 crore.

The AIADMK condemned the action, saying it was yet another instance of DMK regime’s political vendetta. Vijayabaskar is the fourth former AIADMK Minister to face a case of disproportionate assets. Filing an FIR against him and his spouse as well, the anti-graft sleuths held searches in 48 locations spread across seven districts of Tamil Nadu. The locations include Vijayabaskar’s residence here and premises linked to his relatives and associates.

The former Minister, during the check period, possessed pecuniary resources and properties in his name and in the name of his dependent wife to the tune of ₹27.22 crore, which is disproportionate income, it said. Listing 13 educational institutions in Pudukottai district, established by a trust formed by Vijayabaskar’s family members, the FIR said a ‘reasonable suspicion’ arose that these institutions were established by Vijayabaskar under the guise of this trust using the ‘ill-gotten money.’ A prima facie case is made out and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC is invoked, the FIR said.

Asked if any documents or materials have been seized during searches, the official said “the process of consolidation is on in 48 locations.” After the DMK captured power in May 2021, similar case of disproportionate assets have already been filed against K C Veeramani, S P Velumani and M R Vijayabaskar, all former Ministers during the previous AIADMK regime. Searches had been carried out by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption personnel in premises related to them. AIADMK top leaders O Panneerselvam and K Palaniswami condemned the raids and case, saying it showed political vendetta, an effort to get ‘temporary happiness’.

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