Tamil Nadu’s ex-chief secretary claims he was under ‘house arrest’

The former Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, P Rama Mohana Rao, whose house and office were searched by Income Tax officials in connection with a tax evasion probe post-demonetisation, on Tuesday said he was “placed under house arrest by the CRPF forces at gunpoint.”

"I was under house arrest. CRPF personnel entered my house. They showed me the search warrant, however my name was not written on it. They've found nothing," said former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao.
“I was under house arrest. CRPF personnel entered my house. They showed me the search warrant, however my name was not written on it. They’ve found nothing,” said former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao.

Speaking to reporters outside his residence, he said, “I was under house arrest. CRPF personnel entered my house. They showed me the search warrant, however my name was not written on it. They’ve found nothing.”

Rao said the search warrant to conduct a raid on his premises did not have his name.

“Only my son’s name was mentioned in the search warrant. He has not lived here after his return from the United States,” he said.

Rao also calling the raid as an unconstitutional assault.

Rao claimed that he had no connection with sand mining baron Sekhar Reddy, who was arrested last week.

Rao said he still holds the post of Tamil Nadu chief secretary.

“I was the chief secretary and I am the chief secretary of Tamil Nadu,” said Rao. Rao questioned the raids conducted by IT officials, asking, “Where is State Govt? What role or business does Government of India and CRPF have to enter Chief Secretary’s chamber? Did they get CM’s permission?”

P Rama Mohana Rao dared the AIADMK-led government in Tamil Nadu to send him transfer orders. Rao also said if former chief minister Jayalalithaa would have been alive, nobody would have touched him.

“They have no guts to serve me with the copy of transfer order,” said Rao. “If madam had been alive, would this happen to Tamil Nadu? What about people’s security? he asked. “I have fear my life is in danger,” he added.

Last week, the I-T department had launched searches on atleast 15 premises related to Vivek and others and had claimed to have seized Rs 30 lakh in new currency and five kg gold.

The Tamil Nadu government, on the very next day of raids on December 22, had replaced Rao from the top bureaucratic post and had appointed senior IAS officer and Additional Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan as the new Chief Secretary.

TST
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