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Madras HC upholds appointment of TN DGP TK Rajendran

The judges said their observation would not stand in the way of the DVAC conducting the inquiry independently and taking appropriate action in accordance with law.

Madras HC upholds appointment of TN DGP TK Rajendran
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DGP TK Rajendran

New Delhi

The Madras High Court today upheld the appointment of IPS officer T K Rajendran, facing corruption allegations related to an alleged gukta scam, as the Tamil Nadu Police chief.

Justices K K Sasidharan and G R Swaminathan of the bench here observed that the government order appointing him DGP and giving him two years extension was made "correctly", while disposing of a PIL seeking to quash the decision over corruption allegations against him.

The bench said records seized from the gutkha manufacturing company were not sufficient to deny appointment to Rajendran and the state was "correct in the decision of selecting and appointing him as DGP".

It also rejected the prayer for a court-monitored CBI probe, saying there was no such need and allegations against Rajendran should be investigated by a special team constituted by the head of the Directorate of Vigilance and AntiCorruption.

The judges said their observation would not stand in the way of the DVAC conducting the inquiry independently and taking appropriate action in accordance with law.

"The inquiry/investigation must be personally monitored by the Director of DVAC himself and also an independent Vigilance Commissioner, a professional, should should be appointed within two weeks from today," the justices said.

The court directed the Director of DVAC to scrupulously follow the Vigilance Manual while conducting the inquiry and comply with the time schedule.

The head of DVAC was directed to communicate the progress of the inquiry directly to the Vigilance Commissioner without sharing it with any public servant. Neither the minister reportedly involved in the scam nor the DGP or other officers should interfere in the course of the inquiry, the Bench said.

Petitioner K Kathiresan, the Madurai district secretary of the All India Trade Union Congress, challenged the appointment of Rajendran and sought CBI investigation into the bribery allegations against him under direct monitoring by the court.

He had contended that documents seized by the IT Department "revealed" that Rajendran had taken a bribe from the gutkha company to facilitate sale of the banned substance.

The petitioner had also alleged that the extension given to the top police officer, despite allegations against him, was "mala fide and against public interest".

Rajendran, holding additional charge as DGP (Law and Order), was due to retire on June 30 but the government appointed him to the top post for two years from July 1.

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