Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Rama Mohana Rao was appointed as the Additional Chief Secretary/ Director to the Entrepreneurship Development Institute on Friday.
This comes three months after Rama Mohana Rao was removed as the Chief Secretary following the IT raids at his residences and offices. He had also been placed under suspension pending an inquiry.
On December 20, 2016, several properties and offices belonging to Rao and his family members were searched by the I-T department, with ED and CBI officials in tow. The IT department was investigating his alleged link with sand mining baron and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthana member Shekar Reddy.
Later, Rama Mohana Rao had claimed that he was kept under house arrest for 36 hours by the officials. He also alleged that the search warrant did not have his name and had only mentioned his son Vivek. He also alleged that CRPF held his son at gunpoint and that he feared for his life.
The Tamil Nadu government also announced a reshuffle in the bureaucracy. In a statement released on Friday, four IAS officers have been transferred.
K Rajaraman, whose post of Director at Entrepreneurship Development Institute has now been occupied by Rao, was transferred as Commissioner of Land Administration.
Ashok Ranjan Mohanty, who was Secretary, State Human Rights Commission is transferred and posted as Commissioner of Archaeology. The state also directed Divyadharshini to the post of State Human Rights Commission.
DMK working president MK Stalin questioned the reappointment of former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao. In a statement, Stalin said that it is unprecedented that a IT raid was conducted in Chief Secretary's office and now the very same person has been given a new posting. He wants the Tamil Nadu goverment to explain this.