Madras HC orders DVAC raids on all paddy procurement centres

Madras HC orders DVAC raids on all paddy procurement centres
TNN | Updated: Oct 22, 2020, 13:58 IST
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MADURAI: Taking into account the allegations involved in the process of procuring paddy from the farmers, the Madras high court has directed the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) to conduct raids on all the paddy procurement centres in the state.
A division bench of justices N Kirubakaran and B Pugalendhi was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate A P Suryaprakasam, a resident of Chennai, who sought for a direction to the state government to establish sufficient procurement centres without any delay.
The judges observed that subsequent to the orders of this court, DVAC officials conducted raids in a procurement centre at Mayiladuthurai and seized Rs 90,000. Taking cognizance of the submission, the judges directed the DVAC to conduct raids in all centres.
During the previous hearing, the court put forth a series of queries: Number of paddy procurement centres established across the state; whether temporary shelters are put up to safeguard the paddy during the rainy season and number of paddy bags which are damaged due to rainfall.
The court also sought details as to whether the authorities are demanding bribe from the farmers and whether paddy is procured from private traders instead of farmers.
The state government informed that a detailed report was ready but sought time to submit it. The case was adjourned to October 28.

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