A whopping Rs 100 crore must have been distributed to voters indicated cash and documents seized by the Income Tax officials during raids at various places, including residence and business premises of Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar, a senior I-T official said on Friday.
“We have seized cash totalling Rs 5.5 crore. We have also seized documents showing around Rs 89 crore changed hands for distribution to voters of R.K. Nagar,” the IT official was quoted as saying by IANS.
Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin and PMK founder S.Ramadoss on Friday welcomed the IT raids on health minister C. Vijayabaskar.
Stalin demanded the removal of Health Minister Vijayabaskar from the State Cabinet, saying the Income Tax department’s raid on his residence had earned a bad name for Tamil Nadu.
In a statement, he said that either Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami should remove Vijayabaskar from the Cabinet, or Acting Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao should dismiss him from his post.
PMK leader S Ramadoss said income tax raid on a sitting minister was not heard of in recent years. “Vijayabaskar must be dropped from the cabinet. In addition, Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University vice-chancellor S Geethalakshmi must be removed from of her post (since raids were conducted on her premises),” he said.