A day after Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and actor-politician Sarathkumar were questioned in an alleged tax evasion case, officials of the income tax department carried out searches at the office of Raadhika Sarathkumar, wife of Sarathkumar.
Raids were conducted at Raadhika Sarathkumar's Radaan media works premises in T Nagar of Chennai. The celebrity couple's residence was raided on April 7, after Sarathkumar extended his support to TTV Dhinakaran from the Sasikala camp in the RK Nagar bypoll, as part of a widespread crackdown on AIADMK ministers and close confidantes.
"The department is keen on getting to know the money trail between Sarathkumar and the AIADMK. In Monday's grilling, we could not get much information from Sarathkumar. We have information that the money trail could lead us to his wife's company," the Times of India d an IT official as saying.
The bypoll had been necessitated following the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The premises of state-run Dr MGR Medical University's Vice Chancellor Dr S Geethalakshmi were also raided on April 7 by the IT officials over the allegations related to "some transfers."
The searches at the premises of an associate of Vijayabaskar had allegedly revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for distribution to voters in R K Nagar Assembly constituency, where a bypoll was scheduled for April 12.