On Aug 3, the HC had ordered TN govt to suspend the Commission set up to probe alleged financial irregularities in construction of the new Secretariat.

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news Law Friday, August 17, 2018 - 18:03

R Regupathi, chief of the Inquiry Commission looking into the alleged financial irregularities during construction of the new Secretariat building, resigned on Friday.

In his resignation letter, retired Justice R Regupathi blamed the Commission’s inaction in the past three years for the repeated cases in court and subsequent hearings. He also said that he had done his best during the limited period that the Commission worked.  

The former Justice also said that Justice Subramaniam’s comments on post-retirement jobs has caused extreme disappointment to the retired judges.

Former Justice R Regupathi mentioned in his resignation letter that he had probed into the building collapse at Moulivakkam, for 45 days, without drawing any remuneration from the government.

He also said that he is returning the Innova car and computer provided to him by the government, now that he is resigning.

Regupathi Commission was formed in 2011 to probe into the alleged scam in the construction of a new Secretariat building at the Government Omandurar Estate in Chintadripet during DMK regime.

The Commission had sent summons to late former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi, former deputy Chief Minister MK Stalin and former PWD Minister Duraimurugan, in 2015.

They filed a petition to quash the order forming the Commission and the summons sent to them. The High Court stayed the inquiry by the Regupathi Commission in 2015.

The Madras HC had, on August 3, ordered the Tamil Nadu government to suspend the Regupathi Commission and to issue orders within one week to stop all further funds, perquisites and government facilities allotted to it.  

Justice SM Subramaniam had also directed the Commission to hand over the records, reports of investigation and statements, as well as evidence collected over time, to the government, within two weeks from the date of the order.

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