Gutka Scam: Tamil Nadu health minister and DGP raided by CBI, all you need to know

In a massive embarrassment to the Tamil Nadu government today, the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) officials have raided the premises of the current health minister C Vijaybhaskar, current DGP TK Rajendran, DG (Fire and Rescue) S George and several other top officials and politicians in connections to the Gutka Scam. According to reports, the CBI has today raided 31 locations in total.

The premises of former minister BV Ramana and that of several officials of the central excise, food safety and health department have also been raided. While the CBI stated that simultaneous raids have been going on since 7 in the morning in Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru, it was reported that the search operations are being conducted by the CBI’s special anti-corruption unit-III from Delhi.

Here is everything about the scam that had come to light in July 2017:

  1. The Gutka scam was unearthed for the first time when income tax officials raided the godown, offices and the residence of prominent tobacco products manufacturer MDM in connection with an alleged 250 crores tax evasion case.
  2. During the raid, tax officials had allegedly found documents and entries that had listed bribes and incentives paid to the ministers, several top police officers and government officials over a period of 2 years. The amount mentioned was total of about Rs 40 crores.
  3. The manufacture, storage and sale of tobacco products including Gutka and pan masala has been banned in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry since 2013. The papers found at the premises of the manufacturers showed that the bribe amount was being paid to the politicians and officials to facilitate the illegal tobacco trade in the state.
  4. The I-T department had compiled and analysed the documents found and reportedly sent a confidential report about the illegal trade, bribes and persons involved in the illegal trade to the chief secretary and DGP of the state. Though the then chief secretary had confirmed that he had sent the report to the then CM J Jayalalitha, no action was reportedly taken over the allegations.
  5. The TN government had maintained that they had received no such report, but a subsequent I-T raid at the residence of Jayalalitha a copy of the report was found and the state vigilance department registered a case over the issue against several government officials. By then opposition leaders and media had been demanding a CBI probe into the issue and subsequently the case was handed over to the CBI by the orders of Madras High court in April this year.
  6. In May, the CBI had registered an FIR against several persons in the case, including unidentified officials of the health, food safety and central excise department.
  7. One of the accused in the case, a senior official from the health department had moved to the Supreme Court against the Chennai HC’s decision to pass the case to the CBI. However, the SC had upheld the order of the Madras HC last week.
  8. Despite the ban being effective from 2013, the owner of MDM had allegedly admitted to illegally selling Gutka in the state to the tunes of Rs 384 crores between 2014 and 2016.
- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

The Gutka scam has been an issue of massive political debates and has given rise to several lacunae and corrupt practices within government departments.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Here is why BJP lost elections, and of course, it was deliberate

What BJP supporters need to realise is this - no political party ever wants to lose and least of all, a party led by the two most politically aggressive politicians the country has ever seen.
Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Mizoram assembly election results

Latest updates and breaking news on counting day: EC declares 3 wins in Madhya Pradesh, all 3 go to BJP

Latest news and updates from 2018 assembly election results of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Mizoram.

Can the BJP satisfy its online supporters? If only it were Congress

BJP supporters online, also known as the ‘right wing’, are first to attack the party and write it off after electoral setbacks.

BJP’s real woes: Lessons from the electoral semi-finals

The prolonged silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on election results was very telling. The results were clearly unexpected and possibly led to prolonged internal discussions on the future course of action.

Prashant Bhushan and left-liberal cabal was actively helping Vijay Mallya in UK court by attacking CBI special director Rakesh Asthana

Vijay Mallya's defence team was using Indian left-liberals' allegations agaist Rakesh Asthana in London court

Has PM Modi sounded the start of slog overs with the new RBI Governor’s appointment

Shaktikanta Das, who is currently a member of The Finance Commission and Former Finance Secretary (the one who presided over Demonetisation), has been appointed as the new RBI Governor by the Modi government

India cannot turn into Islamic Nation, only Modi can understand gravity and do needful: Meghalaya HC

There should be uniform law for all Indian citizens, and anybody opposing the Indian laws and constitution cannot be considered as citizens of the country, Meghalaya High Court noted
It is time for Congress and Gandhi Family mukt Bharat

Why Congress-mukt Bharat is still very much in progress

It is time BJP supporters understand the meaning of the term 'Congress-mukt Bharat'.

Mayawati extends support to Congress for Madhya Pradesh, may consider Rajasthan ‘to keep BJP out of power’

She said to defeat BJP in Rajasthan, too, BSP will extend support to Congress.

Demystifying Civil Society: Organization linked to ‘Urban Naxals’ wants schools to teach ‘Human Rights Education’

Federation for Human Rights (FPR) urged the government of Puducherry to introduce "Human Rights Curriculum" in the school curriculum in the Union Territory.

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,532FansLike
97,445FollowersFollow
6,058SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these