Sleuths from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption (DVAC) on Saturday carried out raids at 18 places in the city including the residence of Superintendent of Police Anbuchezhian (Technical Services) and Assistant Deputy Superintendent of Police Ramesh (Technical Services) in connection with the ‘walkie-talkie’ scam that rocked the police department in 2017.
The incident came to light in October, 2017, after a letter written by the then Home Secretary D Niranjan Mardi seeking clarification from the State DGP over alleged irregularities in purchases of gadgets including mobile phones and CCTV systems worth several crores leaked to the media. Later, the government ordered DVAC to conduct a detailed inquiry into the allegations. The inquiry was concluded recently at the end of which DVAC had prima facie evidence of irregularities against 14 officers of the Police Telecommunications Branch and two private firms. A case was registered on Friday.
Subsequently, raids were carried out on Saturday. The letter by the then Home Secretary had raised several issues with regard to the tenders floated by the department for the modernisation scheme including why sanction was given for purchase of two types of walkie-talkies, supported by different technologies, worth Rs 83 crore, when the two are not compatible with each other.