In a first-rate disclosure, the Income Tax Division has informed the Madras Excessive Courtroom that its file to primitive Director Long-established of Police Ashok Kumar on the crucial aspects of corruption spirited Tamil Nadu Health Minister, top cops and others in the gutkha scam changed into found all the arrangement via a recent search in ‘Veda Nilayam’, space of primitive Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, in Chennai.
On bid data that some contributors had conspired to “clandestinely” clutch mandatory evidence from ‘Veda Nilayam’, Income Tax officials performed searches on the premises on the night of November 17, 2017. While procuring the rooms occupied by Jayalalithaa’s shut aide V.Ok. Sasikala, the officials found a train dated September 2, 2016 signed by the primitive DGP and addressed to the then Chief Minister enclosing a copy of the “secret letter” dated August Eleven, 2016, of the Predominant Director e Tax (Investigation).
This data has been disclosed in an affidavit submitted by Susie Babu Varghese, Predominant Director of Income Tax (Investigation), in the court docket on Friday.
Gutkha producer’s assertion
In the affidavit, the Income Tax Division said that Madhava Rao, producer of the MDM mark of gutkha, in a sworn assertion prior to its officials acknowledged that “he had paid a sum of ₹ fifty six lakh to the Health Minister, Authorities of Tamil Nadu, between the duration 01.04.2016 and 15.06.2016 … He acknowledged that the funds had been made to a good deal of officials and explained that the abbreviation of HM and CP as Health Minister of Tamil Nadu and Commissioner for Police, respectively.”
The affidavit debunks the submission of the Enlighten authorities in the court docket that no Income Tax Division file on gutkha scam existed in file.
Dilapidated Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao had confirmed to The Hindu that the Income Tax Division had indeed submitted a file to the authorities and he forwarded it to Jayalalithaa and that she wished to purchase motion against the erring contributors.
The gutkha scam changed into uncovered by The Hindu in its file “I-T probe unearths payment of bribes to TN Minister, officials for gutkha sale” published on June 27, 2017.