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Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary's house raided by IT officials
Income Tax officials today raided the house of Tamil Nadu's Chief Secretary P Rammohan in Anna Nagar. The raids are in connection with his alleged links with sand mining baron J Shekar Reddy and others.

Reddy's residences were raided by officials from the IT department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) earlier this month and Rs.154 crore in cash as well as more than 167 kg of gold was recovered.

Reddy is believed to be well connected with the political circles of the state especially AIADMK. And reportedly, it was the papers recovered in the Reddy raids from which Rao's name had cropped up.

Rao, 58, had earlier served as the Additional Chief Secretary to the chief minister and was promoted as the Chief Secretary in June this year.

The investigation wing of the IT department has launched a search & survey operation on 13 premises that belong to Rao, his son, his relatives and his associates in Chennai, Bangalore and Chittoor.

DMK leader MK Stalin called the raids a 'disgrace to the state.' He also said that corrupt officials and those supporting them shouldn't be allowed to escape the law.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee condemned the raids and called it an 'attack on federalism' and also questioned that why no members of the BJP had been raided.

"Earlier the Principal Secretary of Arvind Kejriwal was raided and harassed. Now I read Chief Secretary TN also raided. Why this vindictive, unethical, technically improper action? Is it only to disturb the federal structure? Why don't they raid Amit Shah and others who are collecting money? (SIC)," Mamata wrote on Twitter. 

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