A day after staging a walkout from the Tamil Nadu assembly, claiming that the DMK government is trying to revive the Kodanad heist case, AIADMK leaders Edappadi K. Palaniswami and O. Panneerselvam, along with their party colleagues, called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The opposition leaders complained to the governor that that the DMK was trying to silence the opposition by reopening the Kodanad murder case.
A high level delegation of the AIADMK, led by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, submitted a five-page memorandum to the governor, saying the M.K. Stalin government is trying to falsely implicate Palaniswami and other AIADMK leaders in the Kodanad murder case.
After their 45-minute meeting with the governor, Palaniswami told the media, “The DMK government has failed in all fronts. They are indulging in corruption and collection. To cover up the failure of the state administration they are trying to implicate us in false cases. How can the government reopen a case in which the investigation is over and it is on trial in court?”
The AIADMK, which had boycotted the assembly proceedings on August 18 and 19, accused the DMK government of corruption and political vendetta. The AIADMK leadership informed the governor that apart from the Kodanad case, false cases are being filed against former ministers. Palaniswami pointed out at the DVAC raids and the recent searches in one of the media houses, News J, the official mouthpiece of the AIADMK.
The memorandum was mostly about the Kodanad case and how the DMK government is trying to implicate the AIADMK leaders, including Palaniswami . “The police had apprehended all the accused connected to the matter and the accused were in prison. The investigation was completed and the chargesheet filed. The case was also nearing trial by the High Court. However, the present drama of further investigation in the Kodanad case,, which has been sought by the DMK government, is to target the leader of the AIADMK party Edappadi K Palaniswami,” read the memorandum.
The memorandum also said the DMK government has stopped all the welfare and infrastructure projects that were initiated by the AIADMK Amma government. Incidentally Palaniswami was the minister for highways and PWD the AIADMK regime, and the Income Tax department raided a few of the Highway contractors who were reportedly close to Palaniswami.
The memorandum also called the governor’s attention towards the new tenders that have been floated in the various departments saying, “tenders are fully compromised. In the 100 days of the DMK government, instead of working for the welfare of the people, the government is keen on fixing percentage of commission on pending works and new works.”