CMDA also plans to construct an MTC bus stand on five acres of land to operate link services to CMBT and to other parts of the city.
Chennai: Nudging officials to start work on the long pending Kilambakkam bus terminus, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who is also the housing minister, conducted an inspection of the site on Thursday evening.
“The new bus stand that would cater to the southbound buses will be coming up on 88.52-acre land. The detailed project report will be completed in two months and construction will be completed in two years,” Panneerselvam told media persons after the inspection.
According to CMDA officials, the bus stand near Vandalur would cost Rs 321 crore and would accommodate 250 buses every day. “Moreover, nearly 300 spare buses could be parked in the bus stand,” one of the officials said.
CMDA also plans to construct an MTC bus stand on five acres of land to operate link services to CMBT and to other parts of the city. The new bus stand would also accommodate 275 cars and 3,582 two-wheelers apart from housing a police station and a water purification centre among other facilities. “The bus stand will also have escalators to help differently-abled and elderly passengers,” the official said.
CMDA is expected to obtain no objection certificate (NOC) from Archeological Survey of India (ASI) to construct the bus stand. “We have applied for the NOC. Since norms allow the construction activity near the particular archaeological site, the NOC will be given, hopefully,” the CMDA official said. An objection from ASI has been one of the roadblocks impeding the Kilambakkam bus stand, apart from anomalies in land acquisition.
Sekar Reddy vehemently denied that he ever wrote a diary and that he had no commercial relationship with any politician
If contents of a diary seized by the Income Tax department from Sekar Reddy – industrialist and mining baron – are to be believed, then half of the Tamil Nadu Cabinet was on his payroll.
Five pages of the diary, which have notings on some days between April and November 2016, show alleged payments made to many ministers and MLAs part of the AIADMK, and various others, to the tune of over Rs 48 crore.
It is the name of the man who started a ‘dharmayuddham’ in Tamil Nadu – Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam – that allegedly stars most number of times in the pages that have been accessed.
Though diary entries are being investigated by the I-T department, and nothing is conclusive, a nexus between the ruling class of Tamil Nadu and the mining baron has been hinted at by several people over the last few months. The diary goes on to add fuel to these allegations.
However, speaking to TNM, Sekar Reddy said he had no habit of writing a diary. "What should I react to? Why should I react? First, tell me whose diary is this? Because I don't have a habit of keeping a diary," he said.
J Sekar Reddy, an industrialist and mining baron, became the poster boy for the black money crackdown after demonetisation last year. It was on December 9, 2016 that Income Tax officials carried out raids and seized Rs 96.89 crore cash in old high denomination notes, and over Rs 9 crore in Rs 2,000 currency, along with gold weighing over 100 kg.
Sekar was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in March on money laundering charges. This after the ED had registered a case against him under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA).
What the diary contains, allegedly about OPS
The contents of the diary, first published in The Week magazine by Lakshmi Subramanian, show at least five transactions in which the name “OPS” or the name of his secretary Ramesh have been written. Two entries, on 31.8.2016, and on a November 2016 date, mention “Periyavar”; investigators are probing whether Periyavar - which could be translated to “elder man” or “big man” – could refer to O Panneerselvam.
The transactions that mention either OPS, Ramesh or Periyavar are:
OPS Ramesh - Rs 50 lakh on 14.7.2016
OPS Ramesh - Rs 25 lakh on 20.7.2016
m. Periyavar/Ramesh - Rs 3.5 crore on 31.8.2016
OPS Ramesh - Rs 3.7 lakh on 28.10.2016
OPS adv - Rs 3.7 lakh on 28.10.2016
OPS Ramesh garden expenses - Rs 20 lakh on 29.10.2016
Periyavar m. - Rs 25 lakh in November 2016
A payment of Rs 1 crore made in the name of “Advo Kasi” is being investigated as to whether it was made to O Panneerselvam’s son-in-law, who incidentally is an advocate named Kasinathan.
When asked about his relationship with OPS, Sekar Reddy said, "He had come to the Tirupati temple and since I was in the Board, I took him inside and posed for a photograph with him. There is nothing else." He also insisted that he has no commercial relationship with any of the people mentioned in the diary. "I don't know with what interest and who has released this diary," Sekar Reddy said agitatedly.
The diary notings also talk about gold and silver gifts to various individuals. I-T officials are probing if the diary notings where a circled “m.” appears, refer to payments to ministers in the TN cabinet.
Two diary notings in November 2016 refer to “HM” and “Health”, which the I-T department suspects might refer to Health Minister C Vijayabaskar. Following raids on Sekar Reddy, Vijayabaskar too was raided by the I-T department in April 2017.
One entry says a payment of 1 crore was made to “HM Old”, which could indicate the settlement of an old due. The very next entry says “Health - Rs 5 crore”. A previous entry, on 27.6.2016, for Rs 1 crore, says “HM”.
There is a diary noting dated 28.8.2016, which says “TR” and a circled “m.”, against Rs 1 crore. This, investigators suspect, could refer to Transport Minister MR Vijayabhaskar.
The other diary notings which mention a circled “m.” – suspected to refer to ministers:
m. Thangamani Dinesh EB - Rs 50 lakh on 17.4.2016
m. Thangamani - Rs 50 lakh on 17.6.2016
m. Revenue PSO - Rs 25 thousand on 22.6.2016
Environment m. PA - Rs 2 lakh on 30.8.2016
m. Revenue ex-PSO Perumal - Rs 10 thousand on 28.10.2016
m. I/Ramesh - Rs 1 crore on 31.10.2016 (This could indicate Industries Minister MC Sampath, investigators suspect.)
Krishnasamy MLA - Rs 5 lakh on 21.6.2016 (This could indicate the leader of Puthiya Tamizhagam party, investigators suspect.)
Dindigul local m. - Rs 5 lakh on 27.6.2016 (This could indicate Forest Minister Dindigul Sreenivasan, investigators suspect.)
There are notings of small payments made allegedly to I-T officers, a collector’s car rent etc. There is also a payment on 28.6.2016 in the name of Mannargudi Mahadevan for Rs 10 lakh.
This, investigators suspect, could refer to Sasikala’s nephew, who died on April 15 this year.
There is also a big payment in the name of “Poo”, for Rs 1.5 crore. Investigators are probing whether this could refer to Poongundran, the PA of late TN CM Jayalalithaa.
There are two payments which refer to “garden”, which could indicate Jayalalithaa’s residence, Poes Garden, investigators suspect. Both these payments were around Rs 3 lakh each.
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Jayalalithaa breathed her last on December 5 last year after 75 days of hospitalisation.
Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was on Tuesday remembered on her first death anniversary, with AIADMK veterans K Palanisamy and O Panneerselvam leading the party supporters in paying tributes to their 'Amma.'
Jayalalithaa is fondly addressed as 'Amma,' meaning mother in Tamil, by her supporters.
AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister, O Panneerselvam and party Co-Coordinator and Chief Minister, K Palanisamy led a silent procession of party workers from Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa's mausoleum on Marina beach in Chennai.
Most of the party workers, including the two leaders and many other ministers, were clad in black shirts.
Scores of party supporters also turned up at the mausoleum to pay tributes to her.
Jayalalithaa, admitted to a corporate hospital in Chennai in September 2016, breathed her last this day last year, after 75 days of hospitalisation.
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HC also send notice to EC, Panneerselvam and Palanisamy on Sasikala-Dhinakaran plea challenging poll panel's Nov 23 order.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday reserved its order on an interim plea by Sasikala-TTV Dhinakaran group of AIADMK for using the 'hat' symbol in the upcoming RK Nagar assembly constituency bypoll.
Justice Indermeet Kaur heard arguments on behalf of the Sasikala-TTV Dhinakaran group, the poll panel and the faction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy and O Panneerselvam and said it will pass an order at 4 pm on Monday.
The court also issued notice to the Election Commission of India, Panneerselvam, Palanisamy and two others on the Sasikala-Dhinakaran plea challenging the poll panel's November 23 order allotting the 'two-leaves' symbol to the Panneerselvam-Palanisamy faction.
The main petition will be heard on February 12, the court said.
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