Gutkha scam: CBI seeks details of TN top officials

Gutkha scam: CBI seeks details of TN top officials

The CBI, which has taken over investigation in the gutkha scam, pertaining to illegal import, manufacture and sale in Tamil Nadu, today sought top officials of food safety department.

A team attached to CBI visited the Food safety department office at DMS in Nungambakkam this morning here.

Sources say that the sleuths collected important documents regarding officials working with the organisation for the ongoing investigation.

Officials hint that the probe is related to gutkha case and developments can be expected in the near future.

The CBI’s Anti-Corruption (III) Unit, New Delhi, registered the FIR against unknown officials of the Central Excise Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, Food Safety Department, public servants and private persons under sections 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy) of IPC and also invoked provisions under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The case involves the illegal import, manufacture and sale of gutka and tobacco derivatives including several brands of pan masala in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The state enforced a gutka ban in 2013.

Income tax sleuths unearthed the scam in July 2017, with a the discovery of a diary in raids on godowns, offices and residences of a gutka baron.