Govt to ap­peal against HC order on CBI probe into road con­tracts

The New Indian Express - - CHENNAI -

THE AIADMK on Fri­day said the state govern­ment would go on an ap­peal against the Madras High Court’s order on an CBI probe into the al­leged ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in cer­tain high­way con­tracts. It said the court order for a probe by an­other agency with­out even dis­clos­ing the con­tents of the re­port filed by the DVAC was not proper.

“It was a cam­paign by the DMK to keep re­peat­ing a lie un­til ev­ery­one be­lieves it to be the truth,” said the rul­ing party’s spokesper­son C Pon­naiyan.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Fish­eries Min­is­ter D Jayaku­mar, Pon­naiyan said the rate of `10 crore per km stip­u­lated in the road-lay­ing con­tracts awarded by the state govern­ment was less, com­pared to the con­tracts for sim­i­lar projects awarded by na­tional agen­cies such as NHAI.

“In 2009 when the DMK was in power, the Van­dalur-Nemilicheri road project was awarded to a con­trac­tor at the rate of `33 crore per km. So how huge a scam that must have been!” Pon­naiyan said.

Asked why the rel­a­tives of the Chief Min­is­ter were awarded the con­tracts, he said the own­ers of the com­pany, which took the con­tracts, were not the CM’s rel­a­tives, as de­fined un­der a 1962 order is­sued by the Union govern­ment, which is still be­ing fol­lowed by all states. “In our home towns and vil­lages, ev­ery­one will be re­lated to each other in one way or other. How can we bar ev­ery such per­son from do­ing their busi­ness?” Pon­niyan said.

He also said the same com­pany, which was be­ing ac­cused of be­ing close to the CM, was awarded con­tracts by the DMK regime in 1996-2001 and 2006-2011.

CM should step down, says Oppn

Op­po­si­tion par­ties, in­clud­ing DMK, have said Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami should step down from his post as the Madras High Court has or­dered a CBI in­quiry against him. “I wel­come the verdict or­der­ing CBI probe over award­ing `3120 crore ten­ders to the rel­a­tives of the Chief Min­is­ter. The DMK had lodged a com­plaint with DVAC on June 13 this year in the mat­ter re­lat­ing to award­ing ten­ders to his close rel­a­tives” said Stalin.

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