More drama as I-T raids on Sasikala aides en­ter day 3

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - @ Na­makkal

In­come Tax depart­ment raids on the aides and rel­a­tives of jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala and ousted AIADMK leader TTV Dhi­nakaran con­tin­ued for the third day on Satur­day as the ousted party gen­eral sec­re­tary claimed mere seizures of cash and gold were not proof of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Termed as ‘Op­er­a­tion Clean Money Drive’, the raids, which ini­tially cov­ered 187 places, were nar­rowed down to 40 places on the third day as of­fi­cials claimed to have found in­crim­i­nat­ing doc­u­ments. The op­er­a­tion, which fo­cussed on shell com­pa­nies, post-de­mon­eti­sa­tion bank de­posits and tax eva­sion, con­tin­ued at the house of Vivek Ja­yara­man, di­rec­tor of Jaya TV and son of Ilavarasi, a rel­a­tive of Sasikala, and sev­eral other places. Raids were also on at the res­i­dence of his sis­ter, Kr­ishna Priya in T Na­gar.

An un­ruf­fled Dhi­nakaran, whose res­i­dence was spared, said he could not vouch for his aides and rel­a­tives.

IN­COME Tax of­fi­cials went on with their search op­er­a­tion for the third day at the house of S Senthil, the lawyer of Sasikala, in Na­makkal on Satur­day.

Sources said more than six tax­men were in­volved on the third day of the op­er­a­tion at the lawyer’s house. Of­fi­cials came to house early in the morn­ing on Satur­day and in­ter­acted with Senthil’s fam­ily. Later, sev­eral files and doc­u­ments were re­port­edly seized from his house.

Dur­ing the search op­er­a­tion, when the squad had asked the fam­ily to open the two rooms used by Senthil, they claimed the keys were with the lawyer, who was away from home for work. How­ever, the sleuths sealed the two rooms and warned not to open them in their ab­sence. The of­fi­cials tried con­tact­ing Senthil, but his phone was switched off.

Senthil’s ju­nior Pandiyan’s house, Ma­ha­lak­shmi trans­port owner Subramanian’s house and mem­ber of Tamil Nadu Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion A V Balusamy’s house were also raided on the third day.

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