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I-T Raids an Assault on Constitution, I am Still Chief Secretary: Ram Mohan Rao

A TV grab of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao’s (Inset) residence in Chennai’s Annanagar

Chennai: Sacked Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao on Tuesday questioned the income tax raids against him calling it an assault on the Constitution and asserted that he is still in office.

Waving copies of the panchnama of the raid, Rao said the I-T sleuths found nothing at his house except “a few grams of gold, 25 kg of silver and Rs 1,12,320 only.”

“I was surprised to see that my name was not there in search warrant and despite that they raided by house and claimed they found secret documents. I was under house arrest.It is a constitutional assault on chief secretary’s house,” he said.

Rao said he is still the chief secretary as the government is yet to serve him a copy of his transfer order. The former chief secretary was removed from office and Girija Vaidyanathan appointed in his place a few days after the raids.