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Madras HC orders CBI probe into graft charges against Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2018 3:27:17 pm

The state vigilance agency had given a clean chit to the Tamil Nadu CM saying the allegations by DMK were false. (File)

In a major setback to the Tamil Nadu government, the Madras High Court Friday ordered a CBI probe into the allegations against Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in awarding multi-core road contracts to his relatives. The case was being probed by the state vigilance department, which had recently claimed that there was no basis on complaints filed by the opposition DMK

On Tuesday, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption had informed the court that no cognisable offence had been made out against CM Palaniswami in a complaint filed by opposition DMK alleging corruption in the award of road contracts.

Justice A D Jagadish Chandira ordered the transfer of the probe to the probe agency while noting that the court had not expressed any opinion on the case. The judge also noted that the order had been passed only in the interest of justice and to ensure free and fair investigation.

More details awaited

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