DVAC raids at former AIADMK Minister Kamaraj premises

Chennai, July 8 (FN Agency) Officials of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption(DVAC) today conducted raids at the premises of former AIADMK Minister R.Kamarajfor allegedly amassing wealth to the tune of Rs 58.44 crore disproportionate to hisknown sources of income. DVAC sources said, the simultaneous raids, which began in the morning, was goingon in 49 places, including the former Minister’s residential and office premises at hisnative Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district and six places in Chennai. Kamaraj, a loyalist of Edappadi K.Palaniswami, who was being projected as the unitaryleader of AIADMK amid the leadership row in the party with O.Panneerselvam, was atpresent the sitting MLA from Tiruvarur.

The raids followed after the DVAC registered cases against Kamaraj, his sons Dr M.K.Eniyan and Dr K.Inban and R.Chandrakasan, D.Krishnamurthy and S.Udayakumar under sections 120 (B) of IPC and under Secs 13 (2) read with12 (1) (e), 109, 13 (1) (b) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Both Eniyan and Inban are Managing Directors of a Healthcare firm, whileChandrakasan is the Managing Director of a hotel belonging to the formerMinister’s family and Krishnamoorthy is one of the Directors of the hotel. As per the FIR filed by the DVAC, Kamaraj had indulged in corrupt activities,abused his official position and acquired assets in his name and in the nameof his family members to the tune of Rs 58.44 crore during his tenure asMinister from April 2015 to March 2021 disproportionate to his known sourcesof income.Meanwhile, Palaniswami condemned the raids and termed it as politicallyvindictive act by the ruling DMK and urged it to concentrate on people’s welfare measures. Since the DMK government could not take on the AIADMK politically, it haslaunched raids on Kamaraj’s premises and it was strongly condemnable, hesaid, in a tweet.