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SC condemns CBI’s  vacillation in gutka –  paan masala case

SC condemns CBI’s vacillation in gutka – paan masala case

Drugs like gutka and paan masala were banned in the previous AIADMK regime. In 2016, the income tax department raided a trader for tax evasion and found a diary detailing bribes of Rs.39.91 crore to ministers and officials. The case was registered by the Department of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption and subsequently transferred to the CBI.
Investigations did not progress for six years and the DMK which took over the government pursued the case and sent its intent for Governor’s approval. But the Governor R.N Ravi reportedly did not approve it.
After this, the DMK government filed an appeal in the Supreme Court with the aim of getting bringing tangible outcome in the case. Left with no other choice, the Governor also gave his approval. 
The special court judge Malar Valentina, who heard the case, said “the CBI investigation against AIDMK’s former ministers Vijayabaskar and PV. Ramana is disappointing”.  It has been exposed that the CBI is lax in its investigation to protect former ADMK ministers who are embroiled in the Gutka scam.
Since the BJP was in close alliance with the AIADMK at that time, the CBI reportedly involved in all activities to dilute the Gutka case. 
Now even as AIADMK leaders are saying that they have no connection with the BJP, the same vacillation in the CBI investigation and the same sluggishness is seen. 
Is CBI trying to protect AIADMK ex-ministers? This question is posed by the  people of Tamil Nadu who doubt whether the AIADMK is still in an indirect alliance with the BJP!