Raid on Sasikala kin: Search ends, IT preps to continue probe further

Raid on Sasikala kin: Search ends, IT preps to continue probe further

Raid on Sasikala kin: Search ends, IT preps to continue probe further

The massive hunt for unaccounted wealth at premises of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala's kin, their business associates and their organisations by tax officials entered its third day, a senior tax official said on Saturday.

Searches were still on at some places, including Kodanad estate owned by Sasikala, because some lockers there were yet to be opened, the source added. The residences of Sasikala's sister-in-law, Illavarassi's son Vivek at Mahalingapuram and daughter Krishnapriya at T Nagar continued to be searched. "We recorded statements from them, they claimed that violence was used to grab these properties", an I-T source said. Vivek who is heading Jaya TV and owns Jazz Cinemas allegedly face charges of tax evasion, usury and land grabbing.

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"We have information about shell companies and the search is in connection with their operations", he said. An I-T team seized BMW and Skoda cars, apart from diamonds and high value documents. Conducting the raids under the name of "Operation Clean Money", the sleuths have seized several incriminating documents over the past 3 days and a detailed report of the same is being sent to the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Authorities said the examination of documents and materials seized are underway and the outcome of the raids would be released on Monday. Subsequently, the number of officials carrying out the task shrunk with the conclusion of the searches at some premises.

Income Tax raids were again conducted on the offices of prominent Tamil channel Jaya TV in Chennai today. The tax allegation covers aspects like shell companies, dubious investments, fund flow, and fudging of accounts. Dhinakaran had alleged that the multi-city searches at 187 places conducted since November 9 were a "conspiracy" aimed at ousting him and his jailed aunt from politics.

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