Income Tax Raids Against Sasikala Clan Almost Over, Say Officials

  • Income Tax Raids Against Sasikala Clan Almost Over, Say Officials

Income Tax Raids Against Sasikala Clan Almost Over, Say Officials

Even as the Income Tax raids at the premises connected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala's kin and their associates entered the fifth day on Monday, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's personal secretary S. Poongundran and her physician Dr KS Shivakumar and AIADMK Amma factions Karnataka unit secretary Pugalendhi appeared before the I-T Investigation wing officials at Nungambakkam here for questioning.

For the third consecutive day, Income-Tax sleuths continued their raids at the properties of the Mannargudi clan across the state. "The total value of the documents and cash will be known only after the completion of the entire search operation", the senior official noted. The search operation is still on.

Referring to the searches by the Income Tax department, Mr. Munusamy said that the Centre and the State governments had no role in the operation and the department made a decision to crack down on its own after collecting sufficient evidence.

The official declined to comment on the reports about seizure of a good quantity of gold from one of the searched premises.

The office of Tamil channel "Jaya TV" in Chennai, TTV Dhinakaran's farm house off Auroville near Puducherry and premises of several other relatives of Sasikala at various other places were searched.

He said the department waited for individuals and companies associated with Sasikala to file their tax returns for the last fiscal, adding that searches were carried out to detect tax evasion based on the filings and the data with the Income Tax Department.

The searches were conducted in connection with unexplained routing of cash post-demonetisation through shell companies allegedly connected to Sasikala and her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran, who heads one of the wings of the ruling AIADMK.

According to an IT department official, the operation is still going on and a considerable amount of cash and documents have been seized from several premises.

"We have information about shell companies and the search is in connection with their operations", he had said earlier.