Will go to court seeking Lokayukta in TN: DMK

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 30, 2017 03:52 PM IST

Chennai: DMK working president M K Stalin has said his party will approach the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the State government to set up Lokayukta if the AIADMK regime failed to constitute the antigraft body without delay.

Giving a virtual ultimatum to the State government, Stalin on Saturday said, "Lokayukta is very important to probe corruption allegations. Hence without any further delay, I urge Chief Minister K Palaniswami to set up Lokayukta."

"If they fail to set up Lokayukta, we will file a petition in the High Court seking constitution of the anti-corruption body," he said in a statement here.

Recalling corruption allegations against the AIADMK government including Gutkha scam, he said against such a background of graft charges it made it imperative for the State government to set up the Lokayukta.

The Guktha scam involves allegedly a Minister and officials including a senior State police officer. It relates to alleged payout made by an illegal gutkha manufacturer to the minister and others.

An income tax raid last year in the premises of the gutkha firm here had led to "unearthing" of some documents which pointed to such alleged payments.

While a vigilance inquiry is on into the matter, the Madras High Court Bench had yesterday ordered appointment of "an upright officer" within two weeks as the state vigilance commissioner to monitor the ongoing inquiry by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption into the gutkha scam.

In view of such corruption allegations against the government, Stalin, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, claimed that "there were no job opportunities and industrial growth".

Claiming that investments were going to "other states", he said Tamilnadu was struggling without any constructive steps to strengthen infrastructure.