Chennai city police commissioner S George has reportedly written to the state home secretary, seeking probe against a few police officials on charges of corruption.
A Selvaraj reports for The Times of India that the probe has been sought against a few officers who were involved in the seizure of the banned gutkha and pan masala worth Rs 30 Crore, on charges that the officers siphoned off a portion of the seized products. The raid was reportedly carried out in various godowns in Red Hills and Puzhal in the district last year.
The said products have been banned in the state since June 2013, after the state government headed by the then Chief Minister J Jayalalaithaa made manufacturing, storage, distributing and selling of these tobacco products as illegal.
The report quotes an unnamed source in the police department as saying that the commissionerâ€™s letter follows a preliminary internal inquiry that found graft charges against the said officials.
The source, who is reported to have seen the letter, told TOI that the commissioner has suggested an external body to carry out the inquiry.
According to the report, an Income Tax (IT) raid carried out in the properties of pan masala manufacturers in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in July this year had unearthed tax evasion of nearly Rs 250 Crore. Of the 30 locations, seven were in Red Hills and Puzhal in Chennai.
A diary seized from one of the godowns said to have carried the details of several politicians and police officers, was then procured by Rama Mohan Rao, the former chief secretary of the state. An inquiry report based on the findings in the diary was even sent to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, that pointed out corruption by police officials.
Ashok Kumar, then DGP of the state who reportedly sought the details of the diary along with another senior official, was relieved from his post after Rama Mohan Rao sent an inquiry report against the officer. Subsequently, TK Rajendran took charge as the DGP and S George as the Chennai City Commissioner.