P Kandaswamy (2nd left below)
P Kandaswamy (2nd left below)
Tamil Nadu Police

Chennai, May 10: The IPS officer P Kandaswamy, who had shot to national limelight when he arrested Amit Shah, then Gujarat Home Minister, in 2010, in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, was on Monday appointed Director General of Police (DGP), Vigilance and Anti-Corruption by the new DMK Government.

It is significant to note that Chief Minister M K Stalin, during his campaign for the Assembly election, had repeatedly said that once he is elected to power, he would go after the corrupt ministers of the AIADMK regime. The DMK, as opposition party, had submitted multiple complaints of corruption charges against then Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and a host of ministers to Governor Banwarlilal Purohit as well as to the Vigilance Department.

Kandaswamy, who is a Tamil Nadu cadre IPS officer, was in the CBI as Inspector General of Police when he and his deputy DIG Amitabh Thakur (Odisha cadre), had arrested Amit Shah. Eventually though Shah was cleared of all charges by the courts.

Kandaswamy and Thakur had also solved the rape and murder of a British teenager in Goa in 2007. Besides, Kandaswamy had investigated Pinarayi Vijayan (now Kerala Chief Minister) in the SNC-Lavalin scam.

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