CBI Raids Tamil Nadu Minister, Top Cop In Chennai In Gutka Scam:10 points

CBI Raids Tamil Nadu Minister, Top Cop In Chennai In Gutka Scam:10 points

CBI Raids Tamil Nadu Minister, Top Cop In Chennai In Gutka Scam

New Delhi: Today, a raid was conducted by CBI in Tamil Nadu and the police chief of the state are among the people raided in the gutka scam. The Gutka scam involves bribe given at the top to skirt a ban on chewing tobacco. The searches began by CBI teams at around 7 am in nearly 40 places in Chennai. The homes of state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar and the Director General were among them.

Here's the 10 points to the story:

1. The chewing tobacco's illegal sale and bribes amounting to Rs. 40 crore, paid to influential persons in the government and police is referred to as the gutka scam.

2. In July 2017, the scam emerged during tax raids on gutka manufacturing centres and tobacco barons over tax evasion worth around Rs. 250 crore.

3. Businessman Madhava Rao's home was raided and it revelaed a diary that had names of those believed to have taken bribes from tobacco manufacturers.

4. Mr Baskar and Mr Rajendran's names were also included in the diary.

5. In 2013, Tamil Nadu had banned the manufacture, storing and sale of chewing tobacco, even gutka and pan masala.

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6. Last week, Madhava Rao the maker of MDM brand of gutka, was questioned at a secret location.

7. The anti-corruption branch of the state, initially probe the scam. In April the Madras High Court ordered that the CBI take over, upon a petition by a DMK leader.

8. In May, a case was registered against unidentified officials of the Tamil Nadu government, Central Excise Department and the Food Safety Department, by CBI.

9. Earlier in January, the court questioned "Why such strong resistance? When there are different agencies and states involved, why cannot the CBI handle the case and the state provide assistance to it?", on the state government's opposition to a petition seeking that the case be handed over to the CBI.

10. The court setbacks for the ruling AIADMK cheered the opposition DMK, which has been demanding the sacking of Mr Baskar and the police chief.

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