West Bengal Chief Minsiter Mamata Banerjee launching a scathing attack on Centre and the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), accused that the Income Tax department raids at the premises of Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Ramamohan Rao as “vindictive, unethical, technically improper action”.
In a series of tweets, she said today, “Earlier the Principal Secretary of (Delhi CM) Arvind Kejriwal was raided and harassed. Now I read Chief Secretary TN also raided. Why this vindictive, unethical, technically improper action? Is it only to disturb the federal structure?” Further targeting BJP chief Amit Shah, she asked , “Why don’t they raid Amit Shah and others who are collecting money?”
It is being alleged that Rao had close links with Shekar Reddy, an industrialist and AIADMK functionary whose businesses and residences were raided by the IT department earlier this month. Incidentally Sekhar Reddy was arrested this afternoon, following begining of IT raids on Chief Secretary’s premises.
“While corruption needs to be condemned strongly, raid on TN Chief Sec by Central agencies devalues institution of head of civil service,” the West Bengal CM tweeted, adding that, “The proper procedure should have been to take the State leadership into confidence and removing him from the post prior to any preemptive action, based on information.”