Income Tax officials raid Jaya TV office in Chennai, VK Sasikala aides under scanner

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 09, 2017 16:05 hrs
Jaya TV office at Ekkatuthangal

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Chennai: The Jaya TV office in Chennai and aides of jailed VK Sasiakal across several cities are raided by income tax officials from 6 am today morning. The raids are underway at Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR (a Tamil newspaper) offices in Ekkaattuthangal in a case of alleged tax evasion.

Ten groups of IT officials were involved in "the search exercise taking place across Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and other places", an IT official told IANS preferring anonymity. “Yes, searches are on. This is a part of our operation called 'clean money'," The Hindu quoted another IT official as saying.

Jaya TV is a privately-owned company by Mavis Satcom Limited, which is reportedly promoted by family of Sasikala, close aide of former Tamil Nadu CM J.Jayalalithaa, who passed away last December.

Read: The rise of Sasikala and the Mannargudi cartel

The channel for decades has been headed by Sasikala's nephew Vivek Jayaraman, who has been the mouthpiece of the AIADMK. 

However, the relationship between the channel and the ruling party has seen drifts after the present CM Edappadi Palaniswami patched back with AIADMK rebel faction led by O Pannerselvam.

Residence of AIADMK Karnataka in-charge, Pugazhendi is also being raided by Income Tax department in Bengaluru's Domlur.

The IT department is also conducting raids at Sasikala's nephew, TTV Dinakaran's Adyar residence and her husband Natarajan's home in Thanjavur.

According to sources, over 80 places of Sasikala's relatives, family, friends, associates have come under the scanner.

TTV reacts: AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran said the Centre is day dreaming if it believes that it can cause his faction any harm by conducting raids, reports ANI.

Dubbing the raids as a political vendetta, Dhinakaran said, "People are watching everything. They understand what is going on. If the Centre thinks they can destroy us by conducting such raids, they are day-dreaming. It is a political vendetta. People who have looted the state are sitting in power."

Meanwhile, Subramanian Swamy questions why IT raids are not being conducted on DMK chief Karunanidhi and his daughter.

Teams of IT officials also raided the Kodanand Estate and a furniture shopowner, who allegedly supplied to ex-CM Jayalithaa's bunglow.

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