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Chennai: Former Minister S.P. The Madras High Court has ordered to extend the ban imposed on the anti-bribery department to file the final report in the tender malpractice cases against Velumani.
The anti-bribery department has registered a case against former minister Velumani and others in connection with the irregularities in the awarding of tenders for various works in the Chennai and Coimbatore Municipal Corporations during the previous AIADMK regime. Petitions were filed by Velumani in the Madras High Court seeking quashing of the case.
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When these petitions came up for hearing in the session presided over by Chief Justice Muneeshwarnath Bhandari, the Tamil Nadu government objected that these petitions filed under the criminal law section should be heard by a single judge and Central Government Advocate Raju should not appear in support of Velumani. Rejecting these objections, the Chief Justice bench said that the petitions can be heard and adjourned the hearing for an interim order on Velumani’s petition today.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today heard the petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government challenging the order rejecting the objections and adjourned the hearing to September 14 without passing any interim order.
Today, the cases filed by Velumani came up for hearing in a bench comprising Chief Justice Munishwarnath Bhandari and Justice Mala. Senior advocate Raju, who appeared for Velumani at that time, insisted, “Since no interim order has been passed on the petition of the Tamil Nadu government in the Supreme Court, the petition should be heard.”
But Chief Advocate Shanmugasundaram, who appeared for the Tamil Nadu government, said, “As the case is pending in the Supreme Court, it would not be proper for the High Court to hear these petitions. Therefore, the hearing should be adjourned.”
The judges adjourned the hearing of these cases to September 19 and extended the interim stay imposed on filing the final report in the cases against Velumani.