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Manufacturer allegedly bribed two Joint Commissioners, The book of accounts seized by the Income Tax Department in the multi-crore gutkha scam in Tamil Nadu points to the involvement of more police officers, including two in the IPS, in illegally facilitating storage, transportation and sale of the tobacco product in Chennai. While the involvement of two DGP-rank officers is already being probed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption, on the directions of the Madras High Court, it has come to light that the two Joint Commissioners of Police who served in Chennai during the year 2015-16 had allegedly received payments from a gutkha manufacturer through a middleman. The Hindu has access to the copy of the Income Tax report to the Chief Secretary, the book of accounts and the statement of Madhava Rao, a partner in MDM Gutkha.
The documents reveal that bribes were paid on various dates to the State Health Minister, two former Commissioners of Police, two Joint Commissioners of Police and scores of others from various State and Central government departments.
A perusal of the book of accounts shows that a sum of 92 lakh was paid to an Assistant Commissioner of Police and 65 lakh to two Joint Commissioners of Police between June 6, 2015, and March 21, 2016. This is part of the 39.91 crore in total that was paid to officials of various departments. While the demand for a probe by a Special Investigation Team of the Central Bureau of Investigation is pending before the Madras High Court, the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption that has registered a case against some low-level officials has launched an in-depth investigation into the circumstances under which the Income Tax report received by the then Chief Secretary, P. Rama Mohana Rao, went missing. The reports that were handed over to the then Director-General of Police, Ashok Kumar, were found in the room occupied by V.K. Sasikala, close aide of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, at Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden.
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