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Scam Count

As the probe widens, politicians, bureaucracy, and segments of industry are coming under its dragnet. The charges:
Senior AIADMK Functionaries:

Sedapatti Muthiah:Speaker. Property acquisition case. 

S. Kannappan: Minister for public works and electricity. Rs 117-cr coal import case.

S. Muthuswamy: Minister for health. Property acquisition case and fraud in giving the nod to set up 261 private paramedical institutions

C. Arnganayagam : Education minister. Private teachers’ training institutes case.

K.A. Sengottaiyan : Transport minister. Spare parts procurement scam.

E. Madhusudanan: Handloom minister. Rs 17.7-crore fraud in awarding tenders to three benami firms.

K.P. Krishnan: Agriculture minister. Land acquisition, contractor scam. 

V. Sathyamurthy: Com mercial tax minister. Placing orders with nonexistent industrial cooperative societies for supply of steel doors under Indira Awaas Yojna Scheme.

T.M. Selvaganapathy: Local administration minister. Pleasant Stay Hotel case and the supply of TVs to panchayats scam.

K. Ponnuswamy: Education minister. Property acquisition case.

R. Indira Kumari: Social welfare minister. Rs 100-crore scam in the distribution of footwear and clothes to schoolchildren.

Mohammed Asif: Rural industries minister. Sale of TANSI land to Jaya Publications and Sasi Enterprises at prices lower than market rate.

Bureaucrats

N. Haribaskar: Former chief secretary. Direct involvement in the Rs 117-crore coal import deal when he was chairman of the state Electricity Board.

T.V. Venkataraman: Former chief secretary. Coal import scam.

C. Ramachandran: Former industries secretary. Disinvestment deals including the Rs 54-crore SPIC disinvestment case.

T.R. Srinivasan: Former chairman and managing director, TANSI. TANSI land scam.

S. Arvind:Former chairman of TIDCO. Concessions accorded to industrial houses including Ford Mahindra.

K. Inbasagaran:Former health secretary. Granting permission to open 261 private para-medical institutions.

A.N. Dyaneswaran: Former chairman of Tamil Nadu Minerals Ltd. Rs 250-crore foreign exchange fraud.

M. Kalaivanan: Former Port Trust chairman. Said to own benami firms of Sasikala.

V. Sundaram:  former PWD secretary. Coal import deal.

K. Sampath:Former collector of Madurai.

Rs 350-crore burial ground scandal. 

H.M. Pandey:   former rural industries secretary. Pleasant Stay hotel case and colour TV sets case.

J.T. Acharyalu: Former rural development secretary. Placed orders with non-existing village cooperative societies for houses constructed under the Indira Awaas Yojana.

M. Sathyamurthy:  Former director of rural development. Colour TV case and fraud in the Indira Awaas yojna case.

Corporate Houses and PSUs

SPIC: A joint sector company with government holding major stakes became a MAC group firm with government diluting its stakes for a consideration.

N.P.V. Ramaswamy Udayar group: The liquor baron was the beneficiary of the partial prohibition introduced by Jayalalitha.

Balaji Group: Awarded the Singapore corridor project despite more favourable bids.

Emm Pee Distilleries: Made a profit-making state-owned distillery.

ESSAR Group:  Disinvestment of shares by Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation at a lower price to favour it.

Binny Ltd: Was given orders worth Rs 16 crore a year for uniforms for school children—normally given to handloom cooperatives.

Sri Ramachandra Medical College: Jayalalitha gave the state-owned, well-equipped medical college to a private trust.

Tamil Nadu Small Industries Ltd: Jayalalitha, in partnership with Sasikala bought the land belonging to this state-owned company at a rock bottom price.

Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation: Forced to go in for 17 disinvest-ments to favour private sector firms at prices lower than the market price.

Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation: Forced to disinvest its 26 per cent  share in South India Shipping at prices far below the market price in favour of the ESSAR group.

Tamil Nadu Cooptex Ltd:  Forced to lose out to the powerloom sector.

Tamil Nadu State Corporation Ltd: A profit making state-run distillery unit was given on a platter to Em Pee Distilleries.

Tamil Nadu Petrochemicals Ltd: The joint venture’s private sector partner, A.C. Muth-iah, was allowed to transfer Rs 6 crore to an ailing firm of his—Standard Motors.

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