Day 2: I-T raids against Sasikala fo­cused on money-laun­der­ing

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - G Ja­gan­nath g.ja­gan­nath@dnain­

Chen­nai: In­come-Tax of­fi­cials con­tin­ued searches on sev­eral premises con­nected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s fam­ily mem­bers and their as­so­ciates for the se­cond suc­ces­sive day on Fri­day.

On Thurs­day morn­ing, the I-T depart­ment launched mas­sive raids across the coun­try at 187 places. The I-T depart­ment had com­pleted the searches in about 50 lo­ca­tions on Fri­day evening and in other places, the raids are ex­pected to con­tinue on Satur­day as well, a se­nior I-T of­fi­cial said.

“We have seized doc­u­ments dur­ing our search op­er­a­tions in sev­eral places. The to­tal value of the doc­u­ments will be known only af­ter the com­ple­tion of the en­tire search op­er­a­tion,” the se­nior of­fi­cial noted. The op­er­a­tion, Clean Money, was to un­earth on­go­ing money laun­der­ing through shell com­pa­nies, the of­fi­cial said, adding that they are not fo­cused on cash and gold seizures.

The of­fi­cial noted that for all the doc­u­ment seized dur­ing the raids, the con­cerned per­son would be asked to ex­plain the source of in­come for the in­vest­ment.

I-T depart­ment launched one of the big­gest searches cov­er­ing mem­bers, busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments, busi­ness as­so­ciates, aides and sup­port­ers of the pow­er­ful Sasikala fam­ily.

On Fri­day, the raids con­tin­ued in sev­eral places in­clud­ing Jaya TV, Na­madhu MGR, Jazz Cin­e­mas, Mi­das Dis­til­leries, Ko­danad Tea Es­tate be­long­ing to late CM J Jay­alalithaa and res­i­dences of Vivek Ja­yara­man and her sis­ter Kr­ishna Priya.

Ten­sion pre­vailed in Man­nar­gudi on Fri­day af­ter a group of sup­port­ers of Sasikala’s brother V Dhivakaran al­legedly blocked the ve­hi­cles of I-T depart­ment of­fi­cials con­duct­ing searches. Around 20 sup­port­ers were ar­rested and po­lice per­son­nel were de­ployed to pre­vent fur­ther such in­ci­dents.


File photo of Sasikala and late TN CM Jay­alalithaa

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