CHENNAI: Having removed from office after an unexpected Income tax raid on Tamil Nadu State Chief Secretary Mr. P Rama Mohana Rao’s house, the senior administrative officer has decided to battle against the mighty Central government accusing it of violating the constitutional provisions and disrespecting the State’s authority by raiding the TN Chief secretary’s house without a proper search warrant or permission from the State Cheif Minister. Mr. Rao also questioned the government on whether the same could have happened if the former Chief minister Ms. Jayalalithaa was alive.
Addressing the reporters in Chennai, Mr. Rao said that the State government has no guts to issue transfer order to him and that he is still the Chief Secretary of the State appointed by the former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. He indicated that he will not give in to outside pressure while adding that his life is in danger.
“I would first like to know in which capacity did the Income Tax officials raided my house?. They do not even have a proper search warrant. And the search warrant they had, was issued by an Income Tax officer in the name of my son, who had not stayed even for a week in my house on his recent visit. This is a fraudulent act of the Central government to undermine the powers of the State government, it is an assault on the Constitutional office of the State secretary”, Mr.Rao said.
“Having worked in various key positions during my 30 years of service, I knew very well about the ‘inside world’ of the government. If I do open my mouth, it could pass tremors through the current government”, he added.
Mr. Rao argued that the constitution has laid a strict procedure to follow when carrying such raids. He blamed the Central government for not following the rule book and alleged that he was targeted for being a hurdle to the current state government.
“Even after the raids, the Income tax department got no supporting documents to prove their stands. They found only Rs 1.12 lakh cash, Gold ornaments which my wife and daughter have been wearing and 25 kgs of Silver articles, mostly the idols of Hindu Gods”, said Mr. Rao.
The Chief secretary of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Rao was removed from his office on December 21 following the IT raids on his house. The IT-department has reportedly raided his office chambers and took away some sensitive documents for further examination, as reported by Times of India.