I have been framed in gutka case, says top cop
Tamil Nadu

I have been framed in gutka case, says top cop

Former Chennai Police Commissioner S George asserted today after day-long raids in his house by the CBI in connection with the gutka scam that he had been framed in the case on the basis of  diary entries made by gutka maker Madhava Rao.

Talking to reporters at his residence a day after the CBI raids, George said the scam did not happen during the three terms he served as Chennai Police Commissioner nor had his name figured in the petition filed by DMK legislator J Anbazhagan which led to the Madras High Court handing over the investigation to the CBI on April 16 this year.  Nor did his name figure in the first information report filed by the CBI

George said he was not Chennai Police Commissioner when the scam came to light after income-tax raids on the godowns of Madhava Rao from April to June 2016 during which the diary containing names of officials and Minister who were allegedly on the payrolls of Madhava Rao was seized.

He said the payoffs were mentioned in the FIRs registered on April 21, June 25 and 16, 2016. He returned as Chennai Police Commissioner only in September 2017.

George further said that Chennai police who raided Madhava Rao’s godowns in Madhavaram in the city reported that they did not find any tobacco products.

After the news emerged that top police officials were on Madhava Rao’s  payrolls, he reported to the the DGP, Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary calling for an enquiry.” The enquiry could have been done by the Crime Branch CID or the DVAC.

“ The documents are missing as also related documents from the office of the then DGP T K Rajendran”, he said.

George alleged his letter to the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary and another written by the IT department to the Government relating to raids on the residences and godowns of Madhava Rao in 2016 had gone missing as also related documents from the office of DG of Police T K Rajendran.

Asked if he suspected a political conspiracy against him and Rajendran , he emphatically said ”Yes”.

Charging that he was being maligned on the basis of claims made by Madhava Rao, “a criminal”. George lamented “there is no protection for honest officers” in the current regime.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin asked why the CBI, which had arrested Madhava Rao and his associates, had not touched Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar and DGP Rajendran whose houses were also raided.