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Secret letter on gutka scam found from Sasikala's room:IT dept

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The department has told the Madras High that its confidential letter seeking action against those involved in the gutkha scam in was seized from a room occupied by expelled leader in the Poes Garden residence of

This information was disclosed in an affidavit submitted today by of Tax, Chennai, Susie Babu Varghese on a (PIL) filed by J Anbazhagan for a probe into the alleged scam.

Alleging that a and high-level state and central officers, including police officials, were involved in the scam to "facilitate" sale of banned 'gutkha' (tobacco product), the PIL contended that the alone can conduct a thorough and impartial probe in the matter.

According to the affidavit, the then of the I-T department had on August 11, 2016 written a letter to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police in connection with the scam.

The letter was addressed to both of them, with copies of the relevant accounts from the seized materials, it said.

Copies of extracts of sworn statements recorded from Madhava Rao, a partner in the company allegedly involved in the scam, evidencing payment to various parties connected with the state government, were also enclosed with the letter.

The letter had requested necessary action against the persons concerned, Varghese said in the affidavit.

It further said that during a search conducted by the (I-T) department on November 17, 2017 in the rooms occupied by in Veda Nilayam, a note dated September 2, 2016 and signed by the then DGP addressed to the then (Jayalalithaa) enclosing copies of the confidential I-T letter was found and seized.

This apart, in the sworn statement, Rao had stated that the payments were made to various officials and explained that the abbreviation of 'HM' and 'CP' in the diary seized from the firm denotes and commissioner of police respectively, the said.

"in his sworn statement has said that he had paid Rs 56 lakhs to the between the period April 1, 2016 to June 15, 2016 for incidental expenses incurred for running the business of manufacture and sale of which is not legally permitted in Tamil Nadu," the affidavit read.

I-T sleuths had conducted searches in the office block and a room occupied by Sasikala, currently serving a prison term in a corruption case, at the Poes Garden residence of 'Veda Nilayam' following inputs.

was admitted to a hospital here with complaints of fever and dehydration on September 22, 2016 and died on December 5 that year.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 18:50 IST