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Vigilance Dept Raids Ex-AIADMK Minister’s Premises, Party Claims “Vendetta Politics”

Vigilance Department raids 20 locations of former Tamil Nadu Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar (Source: MR Vijayabhaskar Twitter)

New Delhi: The Vigilance Department on Friday raided the offices at 20 locations of AIADMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar in connection with a disproportionate assets case. The AIADMK has called the raids as ‘vendetta’ politics carried out by the ruling DMK government.

No “valuable items” were recovered during the raids, Vijayabhaskar’s advocate later told reporters.

The raids were conducted in relation to a complaint that claimed that he was involved in amassing wealth during his tenure as Minister of Transport from 2016-2021.

“We will face the matter in the court. They have not taken anything from his house. He is ready to face this disproportionate wealth (case),” he said.

Speaking to reporters AIADMK coordinator O Paneerselvam said that it was a case of “vendetta politics”.

“Whatever threats, the AIADMK is ready to face. The DMK should stop such anti-democratic action, taken due to political vendetta,” he said.

He added that the state government was using these tactics to intimidate the Opposition.

Meanwhile, in a joint statement, Panneerselvam and party joint coordinator K Palaniswami alleged that the DMK government, “which came to power on false promises” during the elections, was not focussing on the public welfare but on “vindictive action” against the opposition.

Many DMK ministers were facing cases and to divert attention from that and due to “political vendetta” such false allegations were being made, they claimed. AIADMK will not be cowed down by such attempts and Chief Minister M K Stalin was aware of it, they said, adding the party will stand by Vijayabhaskar.

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With inputs from PTI

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