The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the vigilance department to file a status report on an allegation of a ₹525 crore kickback received by AIADMK leader and the state electricity minister Natham Viswanathan, based on a petition filed by SP Srinivasan, a resident from Kotturpuram in Chennai. 

According to reports, Sreenivasan mentioned in his petition that the state electricity minister has ‘abused and misused his position’. He further revealed that with the help of TANGEDCO officials, the minister had entered into agreements with private power producers causing a loss of ₹25,000 crore and the minister himself had received ₹525 crore.

As reported in the Times of India, the director of vigilance and anti-corruption has been asked to file the report of the inquiry conducted on the minister and the other TANGEDCO officials, by the second week of June.

TOI further reported that Sreenivasan also accused the minister of charging Rs 35 lakh to Rs 40 lakh as a commission from various solar power producers to enter into agreements.