Arappor Iyakkam lodges graft complaint against ex-TN Minister

Chennai, May 21 (IANS): Non-governmental organisation (NGO) Arappor Iyakkam has lodged a corruption complaint against R. Vaithilingam, a lawmaker and a former Minister in the AIADMK government and his son V. Prabhu with the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC), said Jayaram Venkatesan, Convener.

Arappor Iyakkam is working towards transparency and accountability in governance.

Enclosing various documents, Venkatesan has sent the complaint against Vaithilingam for alleged payment of Rs 27.9 crore as bribe from Shriram Properties and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (now known as Gateway office parks private ltd) for building permission.

The AIADMK leader Vaithilingam representing the Orathanadu assembly constituency was the Minister of Housing and Urban Development during 2011-2016 AIADMK rule.

Venkatesan said the alleged bribe was paid in 2015-16 for sanction of plan for high rise building near here.

Analysis of various documents available points to the payment of bribe and corruption by Vaithilingam, his son Prabhu and Shriram Properties and Infrastructure, he said.

Venkatesan said Shriram Properties had applied with Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) for permission to build 24 blocks of residential and IT units on December 2, 2013. The Planning permission was approved on December 24, 2016.

Arappor Iyakkam's Venkatesan alleged that Shriram Properties and Infrastructure had paid Rs 27.9 crore as bribe to Vaithilingam in the form of an unsecured loan to his son's company Muthammal Estates Pvt Ltd.

The alleged payment was made by Shriram Properties' group company Bharath Coal Chemicals Ltd in the year 2015-16.

The Muthammal Estates was formed on September 22, 2014 with a share capital of Rs 36,00,000 and its revenue is zero until 2019-20, Venkatesan said.

He said Muthammal Estates used the money to buy lands in Trichy District in Tamil Nadu in 2015-16, 2017 and 2019.

Venkatesan also said Bharath Coal Chemicals dealing in metal and chemical manufacturing has been facing finance problems and in 2019-20 it had filed for bankruptcy with debt of Rs 281 crore to various financial creditors.



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