A video is shared on social media claiming that it is recent visuals of the income tax department seizing 128 kg of gold, 150 crore rupees in cash and 70 crore of diamonds worth of one of the 16 Trustees of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Council. A few other social media posts claim the raided administrator is J. Sekar Reddy and have also shared a photo of him in their posts. Let’s check the claim made in the mail.
Claim: Video showing jewelry seized from the home of TTD board member J. Sekar Reddy.
Do: The video shared in the post relates to a recent jewelry theft in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. On December 14, 2021 at midnight, 15 kg of gold and nearly 500 g of diamonds were robbed in the Jos Alukkas showroom in Vellore. Tamil Nadu police recovered all the lost jewelry and arrested the culprit Deekaraman. In 2016, income tax officials raided the residences of then-board member J Sekar Reddy and seized 100 crore in cash and 120 kg of gold. However, the case filed by the CBI against Sekar Reddy was dismissed by a special tribunal in September 2020 for lack of evidence after the CBI filed a closing report. Sekar Reddy was back on the TTD board when business closed. Therefore, the claim made by post is FALSE.
When searching for reverse images of the screenshots in the video, a video with similar visuals was found in a video posted by the “Jaya TV” news channel on December 22, 2021. This news channel flagged it as visuals of salvaged jewelry that was recently stolen. of the Jos Alukkas showroom in Vellore, Tamil Nadu. Reporting the same, several other Tamil news sites posted similar videos on their YouTube channels. They are visible here and here.
On December 14, 2021 at midnight, 15 kg of gold and nearly 500 g of diamonds were robbed in the Jos Alukkas showroom in Vellore. Following an investigation, Vellore Police recovered all of the stolen jewelry buried in a Vellore cemetery. Police arrested Deekaraman, the culprit who stole the gold and diamonds from the Jos Alukkas showroom. Reporting the full details of this theft, several other news sites also posted articles. You can be seen here and here.
In 2016, officials from the Income Tax Department raided the residences of J Sekar Reddy, then a member of the TTD board, and seized 100 crore in cash and 120 kg of gold from his homes. The government of Andhra Pradesh withdrew Sekar Reddy from his membership of TTD following these cyber raids. The CBI’s case against Sekar Reddy was dismissed by a special court in September 2020 for lack of evidence after the CBI filed a closing report. Sekar Reddy was back on the TTD board when business closed. However, he was not included in the new TTD board that was formed in August 2021. Recently, when a similar article claiming IT had raided a TTD member went viral on social media, FACTLY posted a fact-check article debunking this claim. We can see it here.
In summary, income tax officers raided the home of TTD board member Sekar Reddy in 2016, but the video shared in the post relates to a recent theft in Vellore.