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TN Police Commissioner writes to Chief Secretary on Secretariat job racket

Police suspect his role in a job racket conducted right inside the Secretariat

The Commissioner of Police, Greater Chennai, on Friday informed the Madras High Court of having written a letter to the Chief Secretary on January 31 requesting her to conduct an inquiry into the activities of IAS officer Mohanraj who had retired from the post of Deputy Secretary, Transport department on January 31, 2017.

The letter has been written to find out whether the officer was aware of his friend K. Navappan having misused his chamber at the Secretariat to hold a job racket and dupe 106 people to the tune of ₹5.54 crore since 2016 by falsely claiming to be a personal assistant to the Chief Minister and also as a Deputy Secretary to government.

A copy of the Commissioner’s letter was submitted before Justice R. Mahadevan who had wanted to know action taken against government officials responsible for such a serious fraud having taken place right inside the Secretariat. The judge was of the view that no individual would have been able to do so without the support of insiders.

The judge came to know of the fraud when one of the victims K. Pandian, who had reportedly paid ₹7 lakh to Navappan, to secure a menial job in government service, filed a writ petition seeking a detailed inquiry into the issue. The petitioner’s counsel J. Priscilla Pandian also produced photographs taken by Navappan along with senior IAS officers.

Shocked to see those photographs, Justice Mahadevan remarked: “Even judges may have to be careful in the future before posing for photographs along with others. There is every chance of people misusing those photographs for their personal gains. This person appears to have cheated gullible people by showing these photographs.”

Later, Advocate General Vijay Narayan brought it to the notice of the court that so far four cases had been booked against Navappan and his accomplices by Central Crime Branch police. He was arrested in those cases and remanded to judicial custody. Further, to prevent him from being let out on bail, the police had also slapped the Goondas Act against him.

The police had recovered documents of immovable properties purchased by Navappan with the ill-gotten money and also seized a motor vehicle used by him with a red revolving light. According to the investigations conducted so far, the prime accused was able to execute the crime right inside the Secretariat only because of his acquaintance with Mr. Mohanraj.

The probe also revealed that the IAS officer had allowed the accused to use his personal car as well as his chamber during his absence and also in presence. Yet, to be doubly sure, the police had written to the Chief Secretary insisting on an inquiry. After recording the submissions made by the police, the judge adjourned the case by four weeks for further hearing.

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