We have an­swered all queries of I-T sleuths: Jaya TV MD

Vivek Ja­yara­man says he and his fam­ily would ac­count for all their as­sets

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

Claim­ing that he and his fam­ily mem­bers had an­swered all the queries raised by the In­come Tax depart­ment of­fi­cials, who con­ducted ex­ten­sive searches on his house for five days, Jaya TV man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Vivek Ja­yara­man on Tues­day said they would sat­is­fac­to­rily ac­count for all as­sets and an­swer any ques­tions raised by the I-T of­fi­cials in the fu­ture as well.

Mak­ing a brief state­ment to me­di­a­per­sons out­side his res­i­dence in Ma­halin­ga­pu­ram here, for the first time since the search op­er­a­tion was launched, Mr. Ja­yara­man, who is the son of Illavarasi, the sis­ter-in-law of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, said, “The I-T of­fi­cials did their duty and we did ours by re­spond­ing to their queries.”

“I have been look­ing af­ter Jaya TV and Jazz Cin­e­mas for the past two years. Dur­ing these five days [of raids], they [I-T of­fi­cials] sought doc­u­ments with re­gard to these [en­ti­ties]. I have given de­tailed replies [to them],” he said.

Stat­ing that the I-T of­fi­cials had ques­tioned him about the source of in­come for his wife’s jew­ellery, he said he would sub­mit doc­u­ments within three days. “Maybe af­ter a few days or [even] months, we could be called again for ques­tion­ing, and we would an­swer what­ever ques­tions they [ I-T of­fi­cials] raise. We are ready to an­swer to [the best of ] our knowl­edge,” he said.

Against hyp­ing

In re­sponse to per­sis­tent queries re­gard­ing doc­u­ments seized dur­ing the searches, Mr. Ja­yara­man said, “Let’s not hype up what is not true,” adding that he was all for pay­ing in­come tax. “It’s our duty to do that. Be it me or you or [a] Min­is­ter, we will have to be li­able and we have to do our duty,” he said.

“Let’s not make it [into] pro­pa­ganda... Let’s not make it a big is­sue,” he added.

Vivek Ja­yara­man

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