Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary sacked after IT raids

P Rammohan Rao is sacked after IT department raided the bureaucrat's residence on December 21. A new chief secretary has been appointed in TN.

IAS Girija Vaidyanathan has been transferred and posted as a new chief secretary of Tamil Nadu. P Rammohan Rao was sacked just a day after he was raided by Income tax department.

Dr. Girija Vaidyanathan who was serving as Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner of Land Administration is now posted as new Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu. She is also given the additonal charge of the post of Vigilance Commissioner and Commissioner for Administrative reforms. These posts were previously held by Rammohan Rao. He took the charge as the Chief Secretory of Tamil Nadu in June this year.

Girija Vaidyanathan is a 1981 batch IAS officer and has two and a half years left in her retirement.

No official information regarding the suspension of P Rammohan rao has yet been announced.

The Income Tax department conducted a 24 hour raid at Rammohan Rao’s residence that started on December 21.The Income Tax Department officials also raided Chief Secretary P. Rammohan Rao’s son’s residence and other relative’s houses.

The officials confiscated Rs 30 lakh cash in the new Rs 2000 currency notes and heavy amount of gold. Documents and assets worth Rs 5 crore were also seized in the raid conducted at 11 places across the state.

Post Demonetisation various raids are being conducted across the country. Few days back on November 30 and December 1, Rs 6 crore cash was seized from Karnataka and Goa regions by IT officials. Four people were held in the raid.
On December 8 a major exchange racket operating from Chennai was caught by Income tax officials seizing Rs 90 crore in cash including Rs 70 crore in the new currency.

Former BJP leader Mahesh Sharma from West Bengal was arrested by STF on December 6. Rs 33 Lakh in new currency notes(Rs 2,000 notes) was confiscated from him.