Graft charges on minister: HC extends time for DVAC

By PTI Published on Aug 11, 2018 01:39 PM IST

K T Rajendra Balaji

Chennai: The Madras High Court extended time till 8 October for an anti-graft body to file further status report in connection with a complaint alleging that state minister K T Rajendra Balaji had amassed wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and R Hemalatha had earlier observed that the preliminary inquiry already carried out by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) was not properly conducted.

It had directed the agency to launch the probe afresh by taking the check period from 1996 to 2018, February.

When the hearing resumed yesterday, Advocate General (AG) Vijay Narayan filed the DVAC's status report on the investigation in a sealed cover.

The bench, after going through it, directed the Registrar-Judicial to keep it under his custody and produce it to the court as and when required.

The AG said some more witnesses have to be inquired and sought time to file further status report, following which the court granted time up till 8 October and posted the matter to that date.