Chennai: Income Tax Department Raids Sasikala, Her Relatives’ Properties at Poes Garden
Chennai, November 17: The Income Tax department on Friday conducted raids at jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her relatives’ properties in Chennai’s Poes Garden. Heavy security as been deployed to avoid any untoward incident.
Sources from the I-T department said it is not a raid. It is a search and recovery operation. The officials acted on a tip-off that key evidence could be stolen from Poes Garden, News18 quoted sources. A laptop, a desktop and four pen drives have been seized from Sasikala’s room, the sources added.
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As raids are underway, Jaya TV CEO Vivek Jayaraman arrives at Poes Garden.
Condemning raids, rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s supporter VP Kalairanjan said, “This is just political vendetta and targeting of one family.”
The raids took place just a week after the I-T official raided on Sasikala’s family members and premises of Jaya TV in Chennai and unearthed an unaccounted income of over Rs 1,400 crore.
The raids on 187 locations including in this metropolis, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi were conducted by over 1,000 officials, who split into more than a dozen teams on day one of the searches on November 9.
Subsequently, the number of officials carrying out the task shrunk with the conclusion of the searches at some places.
The raids were conducted based on inputs, including those from the Finance Ministry’s Financial Intelligence Unit.
The allegations included suspicion of shell companies, dubious investments, suspicious fund flow and its transfers and fudging of accounts.
The office of Tamil channel “Jaya TV” in Chennai, TTV Dhinakaran’s farm house off Auroville near Puducherry and premises of several other relatives of Sasikala at various other places were searched.
Dhinkaran, deposed deputy general secretary of the AIADMK, has termed the searches a “conspiracy” aimed at ousting him and his aunt from politics.
With inputs from PTI