Income Tax department conducted raid at the Tamil Nadu's Chief Secretary Rammohan Rao's residence in Anna Nagar, Chennai on Wednesday. I-T officials are questioning Rao since morning 5:30 am.
According to reports, Income Tax raided Chief Secretary’s house to hunt for undisclosed income.
The searches began around 6:00 AM at various places in the state and neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh. "A total of 13 premises are being searched," a senior official said, adding the premises connected to Rao's son and other relatives are part of the operation.
It is understood that the official residence of the Chief Secretary in the state capital in Chennai has also been brought under the said operation.
The searches, they said, are related to the department's probe in the biggest haul of cash and gold post demonetisation, in which over Rs 142 crore unaccounted assets have been recovered so far.
IT raid at Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Rammohan Rao's residence in Anna Nagar(Chennai) pic.twitter.com/A0otFuXI8Y— ANI (@ANI_news) December 21, 2016
Earlier this month, I-T conducted raids at businessman J Shekar Reddy's house, who reportedly has links with Chief Secretary’s son.
In the raids at the homes of Shekar Reddy and his other two business associates, the officials found over 100 kg of gold and cash amounting to Rs.96 crore in demonetised Rs 500 and Rs 1,000-rupee notes and Rs.34 crore in new currency notes.
The total seizure in the case is over Rs 170 crore in asingle case related to action against sand mining operators in the state and few others including S Reddy, who was also on the panel of a religious shrine body. The Enforcement Directorate has also registered a moneylaundering complaint in this case after the tax departmentshared official documents with the agency.
The 58-year-old Rao was made Chief Secretary in June this year, he was Additional Chief Secretary / Secretary-I to the Chief Minister before he was named as the chief secretary.