Transfer of gutkha probe official triggers walkout by DMK

Transfer of gutkha probe official triggers walkout by DMK

 Transfer of gutkha probe official triggers walkout by DMK Speaker refuses to allow debate on issue

DMK legislators, led by Leader of the Opposition M.K. Stalin, walked out of the Assembly on Wednesday, after the Speaker refused to allow a debate on the transfer of an official involved in the probe into the gutkha scam.

IAS officer V.K. Jeyakodi, who was appointed Vigilance Commissioner a few months ago following a Madras High Court order to monitor the probe into the multi-crore scam, was transferred on Tuesday.

When Mr. Stalin sought to raise the issue in the House, the Chair refused to allow a debate on it, citing a related case that was pending in the Madras High Court. Even as DMK legislators were on their feet, demanding a debate on the issue, the Speaker stood his ground, maintaining that the officer could have been transferred for ‘administrative’ purposes.

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