Manikandan faced the axe as he said that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami did not consult him before making the decision to reduce the cable tariff.
As per Manikandan, the government will suffer a revenue loss of Rs 27 crore every month because of the reduction. He also alleged that the appointment of Udumalaipettai Radhakrishnan as TACTV chairman is a clear case of conflict of interest as owns a cable TV network which has two lakh connections.
Stalin requested the Tamil Nadu’s chief minister to start an elaborate investigation by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) after dropping Radhakrishnan. He also said that the CM tried to hide the scam by dropping IT Minister Manikandan from the cabinet.
Stalin believes the allegation made by Manikandan assumes significance since he was heading TACTV.
He said: “This is yet another example of how people in government are misusing their power and being corrupt. Why has the Chief Minister hurriedly appointed Udumalai Radhakrishnan, who has 200 private connections, as the head of Arasu Cable TV? Is Manikandan’s allegation and his removal from the cabinet linked? The Chief Minister must answer all these questions.”