The Madras High Court on Tuesday sought to know why a CBI probe should not be ordered into the complaint of amassment of wealth by Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, disproportionate to his known sources of income.
When the petition filed by Opposition DMK Organising Secretary and Rajya Sabha member R S Bharathi seeking a CBI probe came up for hearing, Justice G Jayachandran posed this question and directed the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) to explain by July 23 as to why a probe has not been conducted even after three months of a complaint was lodged against the former Chief Minister and his kin.
In his plea, Bharathi said though he had filed a complaint seeking a probe into amassment of wealth by Panneerselvam and his family members to the DVAC in March this year, the DVAC had not taken any action on it.
He also sought a direction to the DVAC to register a case and conduct a probe into the assets amassed by Panneerselvam. He also claimed that a diary seized by Income Tax department from businessman and sand mining baron J Shekhar Reddy had reportedly disclosed his links with Panneerselvam.
To this, State Public Prosecutor C Emilias submitted that the diary was at present in the possession of CBI. Immediately, the Judge remarked that the present complaint could also be probed by the CBI itself and asked the petitioner to serve the papers on a special public prosecutor for CBI.
Senior Counsel N R Elango, appearing for the petitioner, agreed to serve the papers on the CBI counsel and adjourned the case to July 23 after the DVAC sought time to study the complaint.UNI