Chennai: At least 50 premises linked to former Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar, spread across six districts in Tamilnadu, were searched by DVAC teams comprising more than 30 Deputy Superintendents of Police and 150 other personnel.
Election affidavits and discreetly collected information like bank account details, registration documents and transport documents were used for the investigation, the agency said.
During the search operation on Monday, Rs 23.85 lakh cash, 10 hard discs and other documents were seized, an official release said. Also, 4.87 kg of gold items, Registration Certificates of 136 commercial vehicles and other property documents were ‘identified.’
According to the FIR, a verification process revealed that Vijayabaskar accumulated maximum assets, ‘intentionally enriched himself’. Vijayabaskar’s wife Ramya, by holding properties like an apartment, by making investments in partnership firms, banks, insurance policies, ‘intentionally abetted’ her husband, it said.
Vijayabaskar, the AIADMK’s organisational secretary and Pudukottai north district secretary, was elected from Viralimalai Assembly constituency in the Cauvery delta district for a third time in a row in the Assembly election held in April this year.
Meanwhile, AIADMK top leaders O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami condemned the raids and case, saying it showed political vendetta, and an effort to get ‘temporary happiness’.