IT raid on TN Chief Secretary’s house, Secretariat

Chennai: Income Tax officials on Wednesday raided the house of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao and his office at the Secretariat.

“The raids are on,” a senior Income Tax official told IANS. The officials also searched the Chief Secretary’s office at the Secretariat.

DMK leader M.K. Stalin said: “It is for the first time in the state that IT officials have raided the house of a serving Chief Secretary. It is a disgrace.”

The Income Tax department recently seized 177 kg of gold and cash totalling Rs 96 crore in old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes and Rs 34 crore in new currency from businessmen J. Shekhar Reddy, Srinivasalu and Prem. Reddy, a contractor, had reportedly executed a lot of work for the Tamil Nadu government.