I-T raids were unconstitutional, says Tamil Nadu former Chief Secretary

The I-T department had launched a series of raids last week on at least 15 premises related to son of ex-chief secretary P Vivek Rao, and claimed to have confiscated around Rs 30 lakh in new currency and five kg of gold

I-T raids were unconstitutional, says Tamil Nadu former Chief Secretary

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, whose house and office were raided by Income Tax officials alleging tax evasion post-demonetisation, slammed Centre for the searches on Tuesday.

Rao termed the search unconstitutional assault, he 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 added.


Rao also claimed that he is still the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu and the government has no rights to give him 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," he said, adding, "They did not have any search warrant against me. The search warrant had my son's name."

The I-T department had launched a series of raids last week on at least 15 premises related to son of ex-chief secretary P Vivek Rao, and claimed to have confiscated around Rs 30 lakh in new currency and five kg of gold.On the very next day of the raids, Tamil Nadu government had found a replacement for Rao and appointed  senior IAS officer and additional chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan as the new chief secretary.

On the very next day of the raids, Tamil Nadu government had found a replacement for Rao and appointed  senior IAS officer and additional chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan as the new chief secretary.