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HC sends notice to DGP, others in gutkha scam
21 December 2018

PIL for CBI probe into ‘missing papers’

The Madras High Court on Thursday ordered a notice to Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran, former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s jailed aide V.K. Sasikala and others in a public interest litigation petition seeking a CBI probe into certain missing documents in the gutkha scam.

The documents, provided by the Income Tax Department, which unearthed the scam, were later found in Poes Garden. The petition, filed by K. Kathiresan, a member of the AITUC, Madurai, also sought a direction to restrain Mr. Rajendran from discharging official duties till the investigation was completed.

He said that the appointment of Mr. Rajendran was illegal as it was not in consonant with the directions of the Supreme Court laid down in the landmark Prakash Singh case. The Income Tax searches on gutkha manufacturers had exposed the involvement of high-ranking police officers and Mr. Rajendran’s name was found in the diary recovered from the manufacturer, the petitioner alleged.

While the Income Tax report was kept in cold storage, Mr. Rajendran, the then Commissioner of Police, Chennai, was given a two year service extension and elevated to DGP on the day of his superannuation even though his name figured in the scam, the petitioner charged.

Truth suppressed

Though the then Chief Secretary should have disclosed Mr. Rajendran’s involvement while recommending names for the DGP post, the truth was suppressed before the empanelment committee of the Union Public Service Commission. The fact was purposefully hidden for pecuniary and other advantages, he alleged. Even the successive Chief Secretary had tried to cover up the issue, he said.

When there was a serious allegation of receiving bribes based on incriminating material seized from a gutkha manufacturing company and an investigation in the case pending, the petitioner said Mr. Rajendran should not be allowed to discharge his official duty as DGP. He sought the court to set aside the State Order issued for Mr. Ranjendran’s appointment as DGP.



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