I-T Officials raid Tamil Nadu Chief Secy house

Chennai: Income Tax officials conducted raids on Wednesday at the Chennai residence of Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Raoin, Tamil Nadu’s topmost bureaucrat. The raids were simultaneously carried at about 5:30 am at the bureaucrat’s official residence in the city’s upscale Anna Nagar locality and seven other locations, including homes of his relatives. Personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF have been posted outside Rao’s home as the income tax officials carry out their searches.

The Income Tax officials also raided Rao’s office in the secretariat.
IT officials said the raids are linked to a tax evasion investigation against Rao’s son Vikram Rao. Earlier this month, taxmen had found over 100 kg of gold, Rs 96 crore in banned 500 and 1,000-rupee notes and Rs 34 crore in new currency notes in raids at the homes of three Tamil Nadu businessmen, one of whom, J Shekar Reddy, allegedly has business links with the Chief Secretary’s son.

Sources said documents found at Reddy’s house may have led to the raids today, which took place even as Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was in Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek central aid for the state to help repair the damage caused by the cyclone that hit Tamil Nadu last week.