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‘DIL’ will shortly enter into its 40th glorious year of service, an eventful period of three decades.

‘DIL’ has been serving every section of the Society including Central/State Government Departments, Public Sector Undertakings,Top Bureaucrats, Private Sector Establishments.

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Many appreciations have been received. To mention a few:

Mr. K. Malaisamy, IAS, Commissioner of Civil Supplies & Consumer Protection, Govt. f Tamil Nadu.
Mr. Raja Vijay Karan, IPS, Director, Central Bureau of Investigation
Mr. Pon Paramaguru, IPS. Former Director General of Police, Tamilnadu
Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India
Dr. N.S. Venkataraman, Former Director, MIT, Anna University
Note: The State Government of Karnataka sanctioned a cash award to Mr. V.K. Cholan for providing information in Cr. No. 11/88 u/s 402, 420 IPC.

Community & Social Activities
To serve the detective fraternity and security providers in Tamil Nadu and other Southern States (a) South Indian Private Detectives Association (SIPDA) the Security Association of South India (SASI) were formed.

At the same time it was felt that an all India platform was needed to effectively present the grievances before the Government and other authorities and to safeguard ourselves (a) Association of Private Detectives & Investigators (APDI) and (b) Central Association of Private Security Industry (CAPSI) were formed with headquarters at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Kunwar Vikram Singh.

With the efforts of Mr. V.K. Cholan, the TN Regional Chapters of APDI & CAPSI were inaugurated at Chennai on 11th June, 2006 by HE the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala, in the presence of Mr. ‘Arcot’ N. Veerasamy, Hon’ble Minister for Electricity & Rural Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Ambuj Sharma, IAS, Special Secretary (Home), Govt. of Tamil Nadu, Mr. D. Mukherjee, IPS, DGP, Tamil Nadu and others. Mr. V. K. Cholan was unanimously elected the first Chairman of the Tamil Nadu Chapter of APDI. A few photographs of the inaugural function are on view.

On 6th Jan. 2007, (1) the ‘Terrorists Detection & Information Cell” and (2) ‘Security & Detective Training Centre’ were inaugurated by Dr. (Tmt.) Poongothai, Hon’ble Minister for Social Welfare, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. A photograph of the session is attached.

As far back as in the year 1989, Mr. Cholan offered his services to nab the dreaded Sandalwood Smuggler. For this purpose he interacted with Ministers and the State Police, Tamil Nadu. But the response was poor. They did not show any interest. Mr. Cholan had gone to the extent of telling the authorities that he did not require a large posse of police or funds. All that he wanted was Government permission and a team of dedicated persons with intelligence network. The entire operation would have been successfully over long back without losing so many lives and money.

Anniversary Celebrations
The 12th Anniversary Celebration was held on 9th Dec. 1992 at Hotel Taj Coromandel, Chennai under the presidentship of Mr. Justice K.A. Thanikachalam, Hon’ble Justice High Court, Chennai, in the presence of Mr. M. Gopalakrishan, CMD, Indian Bank, Mr. R. Viswanathan, IFS, Ministry of External Affairs and Mr. Bharathiraja, Film Producer & Director.

The 22nd Anniversary Celebrations were combined with launching of the Investigative Journal “Detective Cholan” and the function was on 18th April, 2002 at Hotel Abu Palace, Chennai under the chairmanship of Mr. M. Gopalakrishnan, former Chairman & Managing Director, Indian bank in the presence of Most Rev. Bishop S.T. Amalanathar, Dr. Vikkiraman, Writer, Mr. M. Muthaiyan, Real Estate Promoter, Mr. Alexander Mohan, IPS and others.

In order to serve the poor and unemployed educated people, an Association was established in the name of All India Brotherly Service Council even during the college days. Under Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s 20 point programme, loans were arranged for poor and womenfolk. A function was organised on the occasion at the Madras University Centenary Hall on 7th Nov. 1982. A magazine in the name and style of “Concern” was also released on the occasion. The function was presided over by the then Hon’ble Minister for irrigation, Govt. of Tamil Nadu Mr. K. Raja Mohammed.

The third anniversary of AIBSC was celebrated on 18.4.1084 at Kalaivanar Arangam under the presidentsjhip of then then Geeral Manager, Indian Bank Mr. M. Gopalakrishnan. A supplement in Dina Malar was issued by the sponsors.

Participation in Indian democratic set-up
Mr. Cholan contested the South Madras Constituency for the Lok Sabha election held on 24th December, 1984, against stalwarts like Mrs. Vyjayanthimala Bali of Indian National Congress and Mr. Era Chezhian of the Janata Party. It is interesting to note that Mr. Cholan secured the third place.

During the Assembly elections in May, 2006, a survey was conducted by “DIL” throughout Tamil Nadu. A hand-bill issued on this occasion is attached.

Overseas Visit
Mr. V.K. Cholan has visited several countries including Cuba & Germany for investigation and tie-ups. In the photograph, he is seen discussing some intricate matter with Dr. Georg v. Falkenhayn of Federal Republic of Germany.

Case Studies
“DIL” has solved several sensitive, complicated and critical cases - Each and every one interesting and different. Though “DIL” has been normally follow usual procedure, it adopts certain unique methods to solve certain cases. It is not practicable to include all such cases in this website. Still a few cases are mentioned. In order to keep confidentiality the name and place of occurrence have been avoided:

Retrieval of a lost cat:
It was reported that a cat was found missing from a house in Porur area of Chennai. Every one laughed at her for approaching a detective agency. But using a different technique and intelligence, the lady teams of “DIL” located the cat. Earlier on an enquiry with the client it was told, inter-alia, that a fish-vendor used to come every day morning and that she would offer a small fish to the cat. The cat was therefore familiar with the voice of the fish-vendor. The teams took the help of the fish-vendor and roamed the streets in one area after another and reached Besant Nagar beach. Suddenly the missing cat sprang up from a hut on hearing the voice of the fish vendor. The cat was thus restored to the client.

Tracing of an absconder:
Several lakhs of rupees were swindled by a person running a private finance and chit company having offices in Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka States. The information received from Karnataka Government suggested that the absconding person might be available in Bangalore. There was some unwanted delay on the part of the Police. But “DIL” was quick enough to work out strategies and send its teams to Bangalore and trace the accused and information given to the Police who brought him to book. The Karnataka State Government appreciated and a commendation was published in Karnataka State Gazette. A cash reward was also sanctioned.

Information to the Bank:
A Scheduled Bank having a branch in Chennai approached “DIL” to verify prima facie the intention of an existing account-holder (who is an exporter in leather products) seeking an additional loan amount of Rs. 3 crores for development purpose. But the Bank was doubtful whether the account-holder would use the funds for the specific purpose or divert to some other business or to pay off some other dues. The Bank wanted immediate report.

Accordingly all immediately available particulars were gathered through different independent sources. The team of officers approached the a/c holder of course in disguise and made acquaintance with him. In support of our claim, the business visiting card and company profile were produced to him. They also told him that they were export/import agents for leather products. After a couple of visits, the a/c holder slowly informed that his company had already availed a loan of Rs.2.50 crores from the same bank and because of the then prevailing recession they could not pay back. However, the loan is secured by collateral securities in the form of agricultural lands. Since the recession was now over, he wanted to do business again for which he wanted the additional loan amount. He wassuggestedto go in for some other business, but he stuck to the development of his existing business only. The genuineness of the export order received now from USA was also verified to be true. After a few visits, the a/c holder believed our officers and slowly unveiled his future business plans after he was sanctioned the additional loan amount by the bank. The bank was accordingly apprised good and genuine intention of the account holder and the loan was sanctioned.


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