Former top cop admits to gutkha scam, but denies his involvement

Former top cop admits to gutkha scam, but denies his involvement

Former Chennai Police Commissioner S George on today admitted to “gutkha scam” in Tamil Nadu, but laid the blame at the door of his successors, including incumbent Director General of Police T K Rajendran, and junior officers.

Speaking to reporters, he said he was not the police commissioner of the city during the dates mentioned in the diary of a gutkha manufacturer – A V Madhava Rao – of money being allegedly paid to top police officials and politicians for allowing illegal sale of gutkha.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested five people, including one official each of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration and Central Excise Department, in connection with the gutka scam.

The arrests follow searches on Wednesday at 35 locations across Chennai, Thiruvallur, Tuticorin, Guntur, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Residences of Minister of Health C Vijayabaskar, Tamil Nadu Director General of Police TK Rajendran, former Chennai Police Commissioner George, and former state minister BV Ramana were raided.

A special team of the CBI’s Anti-Corruption-III Unit, New Delhi, arrested three promoters of Jayam industries A.V. Madhava Rao, Uma Shankar Gupta and Srinivas Rao, Food Safety Department official Senthil Murugan and Central Excise Superintendent N.K. Pandyan. The accused were produced in a court and remanded in judicial custody till September 20.

Though the case was registered in Delhi, the accused were produced in a city court since the crime allegedly took place in Chennai.