Tamil Nadu’s sand mining baron J Sekhar Reddy, accused of money laundering by the Enforcement Directorate, paid state ministers and bureaucrats around Rs 400 crore, the Income Tax department has reportedly told the Tamil Nadu government.
Quoting I-T officials, reports said the department has sent to Tamil Nadu chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan a letter with names of ministers, MLAs and senior members of the state bureaucracy based on diary notings made by Reddy on money disbursements running into several hundred crores of rupees.
The I-T report has sought action against ministers and officials, whose names figure in the diary. The diary was seized during raids on Reddy’s residence last year.
In December, the Income Tax department had recovered Rs. 142 crore cash, including new 2,000-rupee notes adding up to Rs 34 crore, from the properties belonging to Reddy.
Days later, the CBI, which was carrying on the probe following the raids, had arrested Reddy for tax evasion. He was given bail after spending 87 days in jail. But he was rearrested just three days later.
A few days ago, Enforcement Directorate attached properties of about Rs 33.74 crore of Sekhar Reddy and his associates.