The CBI has summoned Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar and former state minister B V Ramanaa for questioning in connection with the alleged gutka scam on Saturday.
While Ramanaa appeared at the Income Tax office on Saturday morning, Vijaya Baskar, sources said, will appear later in the day.
The CBI’s Delhi unit had summoned Vijayabaskar’s aide Saravanan for inquiry on December 7. A team of Delhi and local CBI officials will now hold an inquiry, reports said.
A special team from the Anti-Corruption (III) Unit, New Delhi, landed in Chennai late on Friday to join the questioning of the Minister, former Minister, V.S. Kurunji Selvan, V. Karthikeyan and A. Saravanan, sources in the agency said.
In the first week of September, CBI teams conducted searches on the premises of Dr. Vijaya Baskar, Ramanaa, Director General of Police T.K. Rajendran, former DGP/Chennai Police Commissioner S. George and others in connection with the scam. Early this week, investigators questioned the Health Minister’s aide, Saravanan.
The scam came to light on July 8, 2017 when income tax sleuths raided the godown, offices and residences of a Tamil Nadu-based pan masala and gutka manufacturer who had been facing charges of tax evasion to the tune of Rs 250 crore.
The CBI has so far arrested six persons, including three government officials, and laid a chargesheet against them. The agency is investigating allegations that the Health Minister received bribes to the tune of several lakhs of rupees