Opposition sharpens attack, seeks ouster of Minister, DGP
DMK president M.K. Stalin and other Opposition leaders on Wednesday demanded the dismissal of Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar, DGP T.K. Rajendran and other senior officials whose residences and offices were searched by the CBI in connection with the gutkha scam yesterday (Wednesday).
“Mr. Vijaya Baskar and Mr. Rajendran should resign. The raids have shamed Tamil Nadu. The constitutional authorities cannot afford to remain indifferent. If they refuse to resign, the Tamil Nadu government should dismiss them from their respective posts,” Mr. Stalin said in a statement in Chennai.
He said that even though three successive Chief Ministers belonging to the AIADMK, two Chief Secretaries and DVAC officers tried to suppress the case, the intervention of the Supreme Court had led to the CBI conducting searches in 40 places.
“The raids have brought to light the primary evidence of the scam. If Mr. Vijaya Baskar and Mr. Rajendran are allowed to continue in their posts, it would defeat the purpose of democracy,” he said.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Su. Thirunavukkarasar alleged that a weak government, plagued by historical corruption, was in place in Tamil Nadu. The successive searches by the Income Tax Department at the premises of then Chief Secretary (P. Rama Mohana Rao) and by the CBI at the DGP’s house were a blot on the State. The Health Minister had come under the scanner of the I-T Department and the CBI, and hence, he should immediately resign, failing which the Chief Minister must drop him from the Cabinet, he said. The DGP too must be removed from his post, he added.
PMK founder S. Ramadoss said the CBI raids were a welcome sign at a time when attempts were being made to shield the culprits involved in the scam.
He alleged that Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami had failed to act because he was facing several corruption charges himself.