‘Incriminating evidence’ seized from residence, premises of former PS to Chandrababu Naidu

Prime News, National (Amaravati), February 14:- The Central Board of Direct Taxes on Thursday announced the seizure of “incriminating evidence” from the residence and other premises of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s ex-private secretary Pendyala Srinivasa Rao.

Income tax sources said the raids were carried out over the last five days. Rao worked as Chandrababus Personal Secretary for over two decades and is currently posted as an assistant section officer in the state Planning Department.

Besides, IT raids were also conducted on the premises of Telugu Desam Party Kadapa district president Srinivasa Reddy. Reddy runs a private infrastructure company based in Hyderabad, where too the searches were conducted last week.

The CBDT, however, did not name these persons in its official release, but only made indirect references. Exact details of documents seized or cash, if any, were also not revealed.

In an official release on Thursday, CBDT official spokesperson Surabhi Ahluwalia said the Income Tax Department carried out Search and Seizure on February 6 at Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Kadapa, Vishakhapatnam, Delhi and Pune. More than 40 premises were covered.

The search action included three prominent infrastructure groups based in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Investigations led to busting of a major racket of cash generation through bogus sub-contractors, over-invoicing and bogus billing, she said.

Several incriminating documents and loose papers were found and seized during the search, apart from emails, WhatsApp messages and unexplained foreign transactions.

A search operation was also carried out on close associates, including ex-personal secretary of a “prominent person” and incriminating evidence seized, she added. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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