Ex-Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary claims his life is in danger

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, who was removed after unprecedented tax raids at his home and office, alleged on Tuesday that he was being targeted and his life is in danger. He also declared, “I am still Chief Secretary. The government doesn’t have guts to serve me transfer orders.” “IT search warrant did not contain my name and still I was under house arrest. It is an unconstitutional assault on Chief Secretary’s office.”

“CRPF entered my house; they showed me the search warrant, which had name of my son. They found nothing; no incriminate documents, no secret chamber,” says P Rama Mohana Rao. “What role or business does CRPF have to enter Chief Secretary’s chamber? Did they get CM’s permission? Isn’t this unconstitutional assault? Where is the state government?” questioned Rao.

“If madam (Jayalalithaa) had been alive, would this happen to Tamil Nadu? What about people’s security?” Rao further denied any links with sand mining baron and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthana member Shekar Reddy. “I have no links with Shekar Reddy. I have nothing to do with him and he has nothing to do with any government business.” Rao also thanked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for speaking in his support.

Widening its probe, the Income Tax Department has summoned P Rama Mohana Rao’s son in connection with its tax evasion investigation against sand mining operators of the state where one of the biggest seizures of cash and gold was made by the taxman in the aftermath of demonetisation. Officials said while Rao’s son Vivek Papisetty was first summoned to join investigations last week, after searches were carried out against him and his family on December 21, and now fresh reminders have again been sent to him in this regard.
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They said Vivek has informed the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case that he would join the probe soon and has cited his wife’s illness as the reason for not being able to do so till now. The department, it is understood, wants to confront and question Vivek regarding a number of seizures of documents made by the sleuths from his and his kins’ locations and from the premises of Shankar Reddy after searches were first carried out against the latter here earlier this month.

Courtesy : http://www.deccanchronicle.com

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