By V.P. RAGHU
Chennai, April 13: The top brass in the state intelligence wing of the Tamil Nadu police is not leaving any stone unturned to collect intelligence.According to records available with this newspaper, the sleuths had been overhearing even the state chief secretary’s telephonic conversations.
This newspaper is in possession of a transcript of conversation between Mr L.K. Tripathy, chief secretary, Tamil Nadu government, and Mr S.K. Upadhyay, additional director-general of police and director vigilance and anti-corruption.
This conversation, which took place when the Kodanad estate case came up for hearing in the Madras high court, was recorded by the state police intelligence and is one of the many such tapped telephone conversations between senior officials made available to this newspaper.
The chief secretary gives instruction to the DVAC director on how to go about the Kodanad estate probe.
Transcript of the conversation:
Chief secretary L.K. Tripathy: Hello.
DVAC director, ADGP, S.K. Upadhyay: Hello Sir, Upadhyay speaking sir.
CS: How are you?
ADGP: Everything going fine sir.
CS: Now two things. One, Kodanad case was coming up in the high court today, the other side vakil said that the approved plan may be available with the Karnataka court. I don’t think you have the …
ADGP: No, sir. We don’t have the approved plans. Definitely we don’t have.
CS: Please check it. Otherwise, we... you can give a statement. We can say no such approved plans were filed in the Karnataka court.
CS: Second thing… you will be interested. This is based on certain development. The former chief minister says that she joined the partnership (Kodanad estate) in the November of 2000. It is endorsed in the IT returns also. She says that she went out of the partnership... this is very very important… in March, April 2006. Just before the election. She again went into partnership in June 2006. This is on record. The value of her share should be around [Rs] 3.8 crore. Because that was the consideration amount, [Rs] 7.6 crore, when Radha Venkitachalam and others sold the property to Sasikala and others. Isn’t it? So this [Rs] 3.8 [crore] or plus should have been received from someone by Jayalalithaa…
ADGP: That can be presumed. But…
CS: No, no no. I am coming to that. How can you... it. I am only suggesting. Since she had said, temporarily the shares had been transferred. You can transfer only on consideration. The consideration value of Jayalalithaa’s part of share could be 3.8 crore plus. And there is a party who got that amount. That is not been registered anywhere. Again in June 2006, after the election she has got back the share. [Rs] 3.8 crore. If she has got back it means she has paid that money and got it back. There is a money transaction, which should have done through official sources.
ADGP: It is not known sir... But that can be one of the possibilities.
CS: No no. You have to find out. It is for you. Now it is case is ... part ... of your baby. So now it is should be proper for you to ask IT to give the details.
You can ask for Jayalalithaa’s account. It has come from Jayalalithaa’s account and gone to Jayalalithaa’s account from somebody. So we will know who is this someone.
ADGP: Sir, some times things which generate income shown in IT return. But it may not be mandatory to show such transaction, which do not generate income.
CS: Look at my logic. You are transferring a property. During that relevant period, she was a public servant. If you make a transaction worth [Rs] 4 crore, you have put it on a record somewhere. It should be by cheque or bank draft. And when you receiving back, you are paying some money. As per the laws of the country, all these cannot by cash. It has to by negotiable document... As a matter of fact. The value of the building is shown as around [Rs] 2 crore and her share could be 1 crore. So it becomes [Rs] 4.8 crore or roughly [Rs] 5 crore.
You will be within your right. Mull over it. And get back to me. You can ask for the income-tax statement pertaining to 2006-2007 for the Kodanad estate and the partners.
Kal tak ho jana chahiye (finish it by tomorrow). So that we have the information with us.
ADGP: Yes sir.
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