In a bid to nab black money holders, Income Tax (I-T) department on Wednesday morning conducted a raid at Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rammohan Rao’s residence in Chennai.
According to reports, five officials of I-T department conducted the raid at Rao’s residence in Anna Nagar. It was learned that questioning has been going on since early morning.
Earlier this year, Tamil Nadu government had appointed Rao as State Chief Secretary.
Reports suggests that I-T dept is also conducting searches against Rao’s son in Chennai and other locations.
“The raids have commenced at Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary’s residence,” a senior I-T official quoted in a report.
The I-T department recently seized a total of 177 kg of gold and cash amounting to Rs.96 crore in withdrawn 500 and 1,000 rupee notes and Rs.34 crore in the new denomination from three businessmen — J. Shekhar Reddy, Srinivasalu and Prem. The big fish is said to be Reddy, a contractor and who has executed works for the Tamil Nadu government.
A 1985 batch officer, Rao was additional Chief Secretary/Secretary-I to the Chief Minister before he was named Chief Secretary.