Chennai: A quarry in Tamil Nadu’s Pudukottai district is being surveyed by the Central Public Works Department as part of the ongoing Income Tax Department’s probe against Health Minister C Vijayabaskar.
The survey is being carried out by a team of officials to ascertain and verify stocks like blue metal and sand stacked up there. The quarry at the 135 acre site at Tiruvengaivasal village is used to prepare ready mix concrete.
The IT Department sources told PTI that the survey report, which is expected to be submitted to them soon will form part of the inputs being gathered to aid the ongoing probe against Vijayabaskar.
The CPWD commenced the survey on the request of the tax department with Central Police Force personnel providing them security, sources added.
The quarry was one of the 50 locations searched on April 7 as part of the investigations against Vijayabaskar, his associates and aides.
On April 8, the minister’s brother Udaya Kumar and his father Chinnathambi were questioned by tax officials in Tiruchirappalli on the basis of documents seized from the quarry and an educational institution. Similarly, the Minister too was questioned.
Meanwhile, the sources said a media production house run by Radhika Sarathkumar here was also searched today as part of the probe against her actor-cum-politician husband Sarath Kumar, who is also an ally of ruling AIADMK Amma faction.
The IT officials had searched the premises of Sarath Kumar on April 7.