I-T searches at house, office of Civil Supplies MD

Income Tax officials on Thursday began searches at 70 locations, including the residence and office of Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation Managing Director M. Sudha Devi.

The raids were conducted across Tamil Nadu, including 37 in Chennai and 33 in Namakkal, on the premises of firms supplying eggs and nutritious food to schools under the noon meal scheme for alleged tax evasion.

According to Department sources, the searches followed specific information on tax evasion involving Christy Friedgram Industry, a major supplier of food to thousands of schoolchildren in the State. The premises of another firm, Agni Builders, was also searched, sources said. According to information available on its website, Christy Friedgram Industry was founded in 1989 by Kumarasamy, a few years after the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) was announced by former Chief Minister M. G. Ramachandran in 1982.

Serves anganwadis

The firm serves over 563 anganwadis in Tamil Nadu, providing nutritious food to over 21 lakh children, three lakh adolescent girls and over six lakh pregnant women and lactating mothers.

According to available information, the group had a turnover of Rs. 700 crore in 2013. It counts firms like ITC, Britannia and Kellogg’s as its clients.

Ms. Devi took over as the Civil Supplies Corporation MD in August 2017. The raids began at her house in the IAS officers residential quarters at Nerkundram in the early hours.

Belonging to the 2003 batch, she came on deputation to Tamil Nadu from the Himachal Pradesh cadre for three years in 2017. She served as Director of Social Security Schemes before being posted as MD of TNCSC, sources said.

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