I Was Under House Arrest, TN’s Ex-Chief Secretary Blasts Centre

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New Delhi: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, whose house and office were searched by Income Tax officials in connection with a tax evasion probe post-demonetisation, on Tuesday blasted Centre for the raids.

Terming the raid as an unconstitutional assault, Rao said, “Whose permission? What rights did the CRPF have to enter my office and house. They found nothing.”

“If they wanted to search my house, the CM could have spoken to the home minister,” he said.

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Rao claimed that he is still the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu and the government has no guts to serve him with the copy of transfer order.

“I’ll hand over to you the panchanama which IT department has found in my house. I was under house arrest,” P Rama Mohana Rao said, adding, “They did not have any search warrant against me. The search warrant had my son’s name.”

Last week, the I-T department had launched searches on at least 15 premises related to P Vivek Rao, son of the ex-chief secretary, and others and had claimed to have seized Rs 30 lakh in new currency and five kg gold.
The Tamil Nadu government, on the very next day of raids on December 22, had replaced Rao from the top bureaucratic post and had appointed senior IAS officer and additional chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan as the new chief secretary.

The I-T case emerges from the biggest cash haul of new notes post-demonetisation after the department raided some sand mining operators of Tamil Nadu.

Over Rs 142 crore unaccounted assets have been recovered so far by the department in this case apart from seizure of Rs 34 crore in new notes.

The total cash seizure in this instance was over Rs 170 crore and this has become the single largest case of disclosure of undisclosed assets post the note ban.