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I-T gutka scam report found in Sasikala room

THE ASIAN AGE. | J STALIN
Published : Jan 13, 2018, 1:16 am IST
Updated : Jan 13, 2018, 1:16 am IST

The secret letter was sent on August 11, 2016 along with all the relevant evidence and sworn affidavits of the gutka firm partner.

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Chennai: In a shocking revelation, a top Income-Tax investigator has told the Madras high court that a secret communication from her department to the state director general of police seeking action against highly placed persons in the government suspected to be involved in the gutka scam, was found in V.K.Sasikala’s room in the late CM Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden bungalow when another I-T raid team searched the place on November 17 last year.

The secret letter was sent on August 11, 2016 along with all the relevant evidence and sworn affidavits of the gutka firm partner, which showed that payments were made to various government officials including the health minister and the Commissioner of Police (Chennai), said the counter affidavit filed by Ms Susie Babu Varghese, Principal Director of Income Tax (Investigation), in response to the PIL by DMK legislator J Anbazhagan, who sought constitution of a special investigation team headed by a retired high court judge to probe into the pan masala/gutka scam.

This bombshell of Ms Varghese’s affidavit will be a shot in the arm of the opposition DMK, which has made the gutka scam one of its prime weapons for targeting the government. The party MLA’s PIL alleges that the banned gutka was freely manufactured and sold in the state thanks to the patronage of highly placed state and central officials, including the state health minister C.Vijaya Baskar, then Chennai Police Commissioner S. George and DGP Rajendran.

The I-T top sleuth in her affidavit said MDM gutka firm partner Madhava Rao had in sworn affidavit stated he had paid Rs 56 lakh to the state health minister during the period April 1-June 15, 2016.

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