Tamil Nadu ED Raid: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday (July 17) raided the premises of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief and Tamil Nadu Increased Education Minister K Ponmudi and his son and MP Gautam Sigamani in a cash laundering case. Official sources gave this info.
Sources stated that aside from the capital Chennai, searches are being carried out on the father-son premises in Villupuram as properly. The ruling DMK has termed the raid as ‘political vendetta’. Increased Education Minister Ponmudi (72) is the MLA from Tirukkoyilur meeting seat in Villupuram district, whereas his son Sigamani represents Kallakurichi seat within the Lok Sabha.
what’s the complete matter
The cash laundering case pertains to alleged irregularities dedicated from 2007 to 2011, when Ponmudi was Tamil Nadu’s mining minister. He was accused of violating the mining license situations and it was claimed to have brought on a lack of about Rs 28 crore to the exchequer. The state police had filed a grievance in opposition to the minister and these related to him to analyze these allegations of alleged corruption. Sigamani then petitioned the Madras Excessive Court docket for aid, however in June the courtroom refused to remain the listening to. The minister is accused of acquiring mining/quarry licenses for his son and different relations and for excavating sand in extra of the restrict set by the licensees.
The party told political vendetta
The ED has carried out this raid on a day when DMK President and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin is scheduled to attend a gathering of opposition events referred to as by the Congress in Bengaluru. The ruling party claimed that the DMK beneath Stalin’s management was taking part in a key position in taking up the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ED raids have been aimed toward “intimidating” the party.
DMK spokesperson A Saravanan stated, “It’s an act of political vendetta and aimed toward breaking the resolve of the DMK.” No motion has been taken by the central authorities in opposition to him. The ED had not too long ago taken comparable motion in opposition to Senthil Balaji, one other minister in Chief Minister MK Stalin’s cupboard. Earlier, Transport Minister Senthil Balaji was arrested in a cash laundering case associated to alleged cash-for-job alternate. At the moment too, Stalin and the DMK had termed the motion in opposition to Balaji because the ‘politics of intimidation’ by the Centre.
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