A report by the Income-Tax department in April 2017 and leaked to the media now about recovery of black money from Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar has led to renewed demand or his removal by the Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin .
According to the report leaked selectively to the media, the IT department had seized from the Pudukottai residence of Vijayabhaskar and his father Chinnathambi Rs 20 lakh unaccounted money.
In a report sent to the Tamil Nadu Government on the raids conducted April last year, the IT department has said 12.96 lakh in cash was found kept in a brown cover with names of candidates who should be appointed to the nutritious noon scheme.
The IT department has also said it had recovered from the Chennai residence of the Minister’s personal assistant J Srinivasan date-wise collections made from July 2015 to November 2016 totalling Rs 20.75 crore. The IT report said it had also accessed Srinivasan’s email in which he had listed the names of persons from whom the money had been received.
Denying that he had received bribes from applicants for jobs, Vijayabhaskar said no black money was seized in the raids conducted a year and a half ago and that ”we are cooperating with the IT officials”.
There was no mention in the leaked media reports about the raids on Vijayabhaskar’s Chennai residence on the eve of the RK Nagar by-election and the recovery of a diary containing the target fixed by then AIADMK rebel candidate T T V Dinakaran for Ministers on money to be spent to bribe the voters. The by-election was postponed and held in December. Even so, Dinakran won hands down.
Stalin, who has all along been maintaining that there has been no follow-up on various raids conducted in Tamil Nadu post-Jayalalitha by central agencies, has seized on the media report which resurrects an old ghost to demand the resignation of Vijayabhaskar or his removal by the Chief Minister or the Governor.