Back-to-back trouble for ADMK: Two former ADMK Ministers are in uphill battle with serious legal issues!

Tamil Nadu's Opposition party ADMK has been bracing up a back-to-back trouble as two former ministers and senior leaders are in uphill battle over serious legal issues. The political setback for the duo has been looming large as the chargesheets against them were filed on Monday - May 22 and the event has sparked a political storm within the ADMK, under new leadership of Edappadi Palaniswami. 

Former Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and former Higher Education Minister KP Anbalagan were the two ADMK leaders against whom the chargesheets were filed. The charges against them were similar- amassing more wealth. A chargesheet against Vijayabaskar and his wife Ramya was filed on Monday before the Court of Special Judge/ Chief Judicial Magistrate, Pudukottai district. 

The chargesheet against Vijayabaskar was filed under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, in connection with the case of amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 27.22 crore. The case was registered against him on October 17, 2021 and during the course of investigation, searches were conducted in 56 places and a pile of documents was seized in places connected to Vijayabaskar.  

After the searches, the investigation has revealed that Vijayabaskar has acquired assets in the form of bank balances, business investments in Rasi Blue Metal, Rasi Enterprises & V Infrastructure, land properties, ornaments, machinery, and vehicles in his name and his wife's name and these assets are disproportionate to their known sources of income. As Vijayabaskar is current an ADMK MLA, the investigation agency has acquired necessary sanction to prosecute him from the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker. 

After obtaining the sanction, the chargesheet was filed on Monday. On the other hand, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC), which is Tamil Nadu government's premier anti- corruption agency, has on Monday filed a chargesheet against former ADMK Minister KP Anbalagan and his family members for amassing more wealth to the tune of Rs 45 crore. 

The case was registered against KP Anbalagan, his wife Malliga, his sons Sasimohan, Chandramohan, and seven others. The DVAC had conducted raids at 58 locations connected to Anbalagan during the course of investigation and the probe has revealed that Anbalagan has acquired assets in the form of bank balances, buildings, business investments, properties, vehicles and ornaments in his name and in the name of his family members. 

He had allegedly circulated the amassed money in the trust by name 'Saraswathi Pachiappan Educational and Charitable Trust' with the participation of his family members and close aides. As such incomes were disproportionate to his known sources of income, the DVAC took steps to file a chargesheet against him. As Anbalagan is also an ADMK MLA, prior sanction for prosecution was taken from the Speaker of the Assembly and on Monday, the chargesheet was filed against him.