In one of his final acts as PACC chief, the corruption watchdog gave documents describing alleged irregularities in disaster rehabilitation spending in the Northeast to Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung for investigation.
Pol Col Dussadee, who has been transferred to the post of deputy justice permanent secretary, handed the documents to Mr Chalerm at the Royal Thai Police Office (RTPO) yesterday. Mr Chalerm has been assigned to lead investigations into corruption cases involving politicians, government officials and influential people.
Pol Col Dussadee said his investigations revealed corruption in the allocation of disaster rehabilitation funds in six northeastern provinces.
Irregularities were particularly prevalent in the repairing of roads damaged by last year's flooding, he said.
Most cases were directly linked to government officials, Pol Col Dussadee added. He declined to reveal whether politicians and high-ranking officials were involved.
Mr Chalerm assigned Pol Gen Vorapong Chiewpreecha, an adviser to the RTPO, to investigate.
Justice Minister Pracha Promnok has defended his decision to transfer the PACC chief, saying it was necessary to put the right man in the right job.
"Claims that the secretary-general of the PACC has been moved to an inactive post are untrue," said Pol Gen Pracha.
"It was I who earlier proposed the nomination of Pol Col Dussadee from an inspector-general to the PACC chief."
"I see Pol Col Dussadee as well suited for another important job," the minister added. He insisted Pol Col Dussadee's transfer was not a demotion.
Pol Gen Pracha, who is facing heavy criticism for the transfer, visited the PACC yesterday with justice permanent secretary Kittipong Kittayarak to explain the decision.
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the transfer, which was criticised as an effort to stifle several high-profile graft probes Pol Col Dussadee has handled.
The transfer relieves him from command of several corruption investigations, including public land encroachment in Phuket, tax evasion on imported luxury cars and misappropriation of disaster relief funds.
Sophon Chanthaerama, chairman of the PACC board, said the justice minister had sought his advice before deciding on the transfer of the PACC secretary-general.
He said Pol Col Dussadee was given a promotion.
Pol Gen Pracha said Pol Col Dussadee would work at the PACC until Sept 30 and he was confident the new secretary-general will be chosen in time.
Pol Gen Pracha refused to confirm whether Department of Special Investigation deputy chief Prawet Moolpramuk, who is openly supportive of the red-shirt movement, would succeed Pol Col Dussadee.
He insisted corruption cases handled by the PACC would be free of political interference.
He also shrugged off allegations that there were attempts to buy positions at the ministry.