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18 Feb 2019, Edition - 1315, Monday

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Tamilnadu News

Stalin wants CBI to investigate cash for vote case against Chief Minister and other ministers

Covai Post Network

Chennai : DMK president MK Stalin on Tuesday demanded CBI investigations into criminal cases against Tamil Nadu Chief Minsiter K.Palaniswami, officals of Election Commission, state police and also the person who got the cash-for-vote case in RK Nagar quashed. It may be recalled that an FIR in the RK Nagar case was filed initially after money was seized by the police in the bye-election to the assembly constituency earlier held by J Jayalalithaa.

Stalin demanded that a FIR be registered as per the documents provided by the IT and Election Commission. The EC had advised the case be investigated by the CBI.

Tamil Nadu government on Monday told the High Court that the FIR against unnamed persons for distribution of cash was quashed by a single judge order in March 2018. On April 7 last year, just before the RK Nagar assembly byepolls, the IT personnel raided the house of state health minister C Vijayabhaskar Rao and recovered documents that detailed distribution of huge cash to voters. The papers also contained names of CM Palaniswami and other ministers.

The bye-election was later postponed due to these allegations.

The Election commission had written to the police commissioner to register a case. But an FIR was registered only after the Madras High Court ordered the same, but the FIR did not contain the names of the CM and other ministers.

DMK candidate N. Marudhu Ganesh and two others had filed case to transfer the probe to CBI last year. The DMK president alleged that the state government did not inform the single judge bench that the FIR was registered only after magistrate’s permission. The information that a case was pending before the division bench was also hidden from the single judge, the DMK president alleged.

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