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