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Income-Tax raids on Tamil Nadu Chief Secertary shock India

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Dec 22, 2016, 2:24 am IST
Updated Dec 22, 2016, 6:56 am IST
13 places of kin, relatives in TN, Nellore, Chittoor searched.
Crowds gather outside the residence of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao, who had come under I-T scanner in Chennai on Wednesday. (Photo: DC)
 Crowds gather outside the residence of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao, who had come under I-T scanner in Chennai on Wednesday. (Photo: DC)

CHENNAI: Income-Tax raids sent shock waves across the corridors of power Wednesday as sleuths swooped down on the home of the Tamil Nadu chief secretary, P. Rama Mohana Rao. I-T officials raided his house in Anna Nagar as well as his office at the secretariat.

Handpicked for the top job by the former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, Mr Rao  superseded 17 IAS officers to become the top babu, but Mr Rao had seemed to come off in poor light as significant seizures were made at the home of his kin — at least Rs 30 lakh cash and 5 kg gold.

 

As many as 13 premises belonging to the chief secretary, his son and relatives in Nellore and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and in Karnataka were searched leading to more seizure of cash and gold across south India.

The raids, which began at the crack of dawn, at around 5.45 am, at Mr Rao’s residence in Anna Nagar and continued till late into the evening, were conducted in connection with suspected amassing of wealth disproportionate to the known sources of income and tax evasion. Mr Rao suffers the ignominy of being the first Chief Secretary of a state to be raided by the I-T department.

 

Sources in I-T department said the raids on Mr Rao came after their interrogation of former TTD Board member Sekhar Reddy and seizure of Rs 131 crore cash and 177 kg gold from premises belonging to him two weeks back. Deccan Chronicle had on December 9 reported that Mr Reddy was linked to a top bureaucrat at the Fort St George and that Mr Reddy was his benami.

Mr Rao’s office at the Secretariat, the seat of power of the TN Government, was also not spared as I-T sleuths raided his chamber for close to five hours.

Raids based on Sekhar’s evidence
Income-Tax raids sent shock waves across the corridors of power on Wednesday as sleuths swooped down on the home of the Tamil Nadu chief secretary, P. Rama Mohana Rao. I-T officials raided his house in Anna Nagar as well as his office at the secretariat.

 

Two of his personal assistants at his office — Sekar and Kumar — were taken for questioning.Income tax officials were tight-lipped about the seizure during the raids at Mr Rao’s residences, though sources said that Rs 30 lakh cash and gold 5 kg were seized from one of his relative’s house.

“We were not expecting big seizure from his premises. But the searches were conducted based on documents and statements from Sekhar Reddy. Searches were the natural procedure we have to follow. These kinds of searches will help us to build up the case,” an income tax official said.

 

Documents seized during the searches conducted in the premises of Mr Reddy had reportedly led the I-T sleuths to the doors of the chief secretary. Mr Rao was appointed the chief secretary in June this year by late Jayalalithaa. He had served as private secretary to Jayalalithaa during 2011-2016 and had a meteoric rise to the post of chief secretary.

High drama prevailed outside Mr Rao’s residence in posh Anna Nagar as paramilitary was called in during the time of the raid. It is understood that the Income Tax department sought the help of the force since a Chief Secretary was involved and that he could have influenced the state police if they were called in.

 

The Enforcement Directorate also registered a money laundering case against Sekhar Reddy after the income tax department shared documents with the
agency.

It may be noted that the CBI had registered a case against Reddy, his business associates Srinivasalu and Prem and few unnamed bankers on Tuesday after Rs 34 crore of the total Rs 131 crore cash seized from his premises were found to be of new Rs 2,000 notes.

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