A day after some of the news channels went to town with charges of cash transactions between Tamil Nadu Ministers and a controversial mining baron based in Chennai, the State Government led by CM Edappadi Palaniswamy was put on notice by the Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) which submitted a “chargesheet” against the Government to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
Anbumani Ramadoss MP, who met the Governor on Saturday and submitted the memorandum against the Government, told reporters after the meeting that the corruption charges were so severe that they would eclipse all other corruption charges seen in Independent India. “The Governor assured me that he would go through the memorandum and initiate necessary action,” said Ramadoss.
The voluminous memorandum submitted by the PMK features corruption charges listed under 24 headings perpetrated by the present government and also the corrupt practices indulged by the previous Government headed by Jayalalithaa. The allegations begin with the massive irregularities committed by the State Government by allowing the Tirunelveli based mining baron to mine the mineral rich sand along coastal Tamil Nadu and also the river sand which caused loss to the tune of Rs 7.10 lakh crore to the exchequer. The report about the illegal mining of mineral rich sand, especially the monazite sand which is rich in thorium was first exposed by The Pioneer during 2012-13.
Besides the mining scandal, the list of charges include the auctioning of the posts of vice chancellors in Tamil Nadu.Dr Ramadoss has alleged in the memorandum that the posts of vice chancellors are sole for prices ranging from Rs 3 crore to Rs 20 crore.