Chennai: In an unprecedented development, Income Tax officials raided the Chennai home of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, on Wednesday morning, reports said. .
Rao lives in the city’s posh Anna Nagar locality. He is a 1985 batch officer and became chief secretary in June 2016.
Simultaneous raids began at 5:30 am at the bureaucrat’s home and seven other locations, including the homes of his relatives.
DMK leader M K Stalin called the raids “unprecedented and unfortunate.”
“It has brought shame for Tamil Nadu. Corrupt officers and those behind them shouldn’t be allowed to escape,” he said.
According to reports, IT officials also raided businessman J Shekar Reddy.
Media reports said incriminating documents found at Reddy’s house may have led to the raid at Rao’s home.
Quoting sources, media reports said over 100 kg of gold and cash amounting to Rs 96 crore in banned 500 and 1,000-rupee notes and Rs 34 crore in new currency notes have been found in the raids at the homes of Reddy and two other Tamil Nadu businessmen.