Chennai, May 29: The CBI has seized a “register of clients” in its second round of searches at the residence of Chennai-based chartered accountant A. Krishnamurthy, the alleged go-between in the transfer-for-cash scandal, a top bureau official said today.
The register, the official said, should provide a clue as to how far the scam network has spread, the official added.
The scam, which came to light last week, has already claimed junior finance minister Gingee Ramachandran. The MDMK minister resigned after his personal assistant R. Perumalswamy was caught accepting a bribe from Indian Revenue Service official Anurag Vardhan in Delhi.
A CBI source said that along with the diary containing the list of clients, five computers and three cellphones were seized from Krishnamurthy’s office-cum-residence at T. Nagar in the Tamil Nadu capital. All the seized items have been sent to Delhi.
The hard disk of the computers will be accessed after getting the court’s permission, the source added. Earlier, the CBI froze four of Krishnamurthy’s bank accounts in Chennai.
In another development that relates to the ransom paid to free Kannada screen icon Rajkumar from the clutches of Veerappan, former DMK minister and party treasurer Arcot Veerasamy today appeared at the headquarters of the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption here.
Veerasamy, who was minister for health and electricity in the previous Karunanidhi regime, deposed before investigators regarding the charge made by former Karnataka director-general of police C. Dinakar that ransom was paid to the forest brigand. A source said the investigators questioned Veerasamy for nearly an hour.
Veerasamy later said he had told the sleuths that the talks between the Karnataka and the Tamil Nadu governments regarding rescue efforts had taken place in an open manner and there was nothing to hide with newspapers widely reporting the developments.
The former minister termed Dinakar’s allegation in his post-retirement memoirs “fictitious and imaginatively written”. Veerasamy said the current Jayalalithaa government had initiated investigations only to “defame the DMK and our leader M. Karunanidhi”.
This investigation is “politically vindictive against the DMK”, he said before leaving the vigilance directorate office.
But this is not the only worry for the DMK. Speculation is rife on whether Karunanidhi will also be questioned by Madurai police in connection with the murder of Pasumponn T. Kiruttinan, a former minister of the party, on May 20.
Karunanidhi’s elder son M.K. Azhagiri, arrested in connection with the murder, has been denied bail by a Madurai court.