DVAC hires former TN health minister C. Vijayabaskar in disproportionate assets case


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: Officials from the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Directorate (DVAC) launched mock searches at the home of former Minister of Health C. Vijayabaskar and his relatives in Pudukottai and other places of the state on Monday, October 18, 2021 after having counted a disproportionate case against him and his wife.

Mr. Vijayabhaskar is the fourth minister, after MRVijayabhaskar, SPVelumani and KCVeeramani, of the previous AIADMK government to face such action from the DVAC after the DMK was elected to power.

According to DVAC sources, searches were underway at around 30 locations in Pudukottai district, including the minister’s house in his native Illupur and a group of educational institutions run by Mother Teresa Educational and Charitable Trust, created by his family.

Other than that, searches were underway in 14 other locations across the state, a DVAC official said in Pudukottai. The Hindu. These included the premises of family members and relatives of Mr. Vijayabaskar in Tiruchi, Chennai and Coimbatore. The research began early Monday morning and is expected to continue throughout the day.

The searches of the DVAC were carried out by different teams on the basis of an FIR filed by his unit in Pudukottai on information according to which Mr. Vijayabaskar had engaged in corrupt practices and had enriched himself by acquiring assets from his name and that of dependents.

Charges against his wife

During his tenure, Dr Vijayabaskar and his wife Ramya, also named as accused in the case, were said to have been in possession of pecuniary resources and movable and immovable property worth approximately 27.22 crore, which was disproportionate to their known sources of income. The properties were allegedly in the form of deposits in banks, jewelry, motor vehicles, farmland, building land, insurance policies, investments in partnerships and buildings in the name his wife, his wife and dependents. He and his family members are also said to be owners or shareholders of various companies.

By owning properties through investments in partnership companies, a bank balance, insurance policies and an apartment, Ms Ramya intentionally encouraged Mr Vijayabaskar to acquire the properties, the DVAC alleged.

The trust created by the family ran as many as 14 educational institutions, including schools of engineering, arts and sciences, agriculture, education, nursing, pharmacy, polytechnics , catering and physical education, in addition to a school in Illupur, which raised reasonable suspicions that they were also established with money illegally acquired by Dr Vijayabaskar, DVAC said.

A case has been registered against Dr Vijayabaskar and Ms Ramya under Article 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (e) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and Article 109 IPC read with 13 (2), 13 (l) (c) and 13 (l) (b) and 12 of the Corruption Prevention Act.

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