Income Tax Officials Raid In Jaya TV Office In Chennai

JayaTV and the associated parties are held by the Jayalalitha camp now headed by Sasikala. file

JayaTV and the associated parties are held by the Jayalalitha camp now headed by Sasikala. file

Searches at the Tamil language television channel, which is perceived to be politically disposed in favour of deposed AIADMK leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran, were conducted on Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, in all the premises where searches were conducted, Tamil Nadu police provided security to I-T department officials. The simultanious search were conducted cross Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and other places.

"We raided Krishna Priya's house as she is the one who is controlling the entire shell companies", said the Income Tax official. The Jaya TV management had then called the decision an assault on independent media.The Jaya TV network has a bouquet of channels including a news channel, general entertainment channel and a movie channel.

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Apart from the office, IT officials are also searching Sasikala's nephew Vivek Jayaraman residence in Chennai and Jazz Cinemas, which is also owned by her family.

The raids began around 6 am, and according to officials, taking place at more than 180 different locations.

A group of 30 I-T officials conducted raids at 11 places in Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli districts from 7 am.

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Chennai: Sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dinakaran on Thursday said the Centre is day dreaming if it believes that it can cause his faction any harm by conducting raids. News agency PTI reports that the searches follow allegations of shell companies, dubious investments, fund flow and fudging of accounts by Jaya TV, started by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and now controlled by the family of Sasikala, who was her closest aide.

The searches come at a time when the AIADMK's poll symbol dispute case is pending with the Election Commission between the ruling AIADMK faction and the rival group led by Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran. The deputy propaganda secretary said, 'These raids are done clearly with a political agenda. "People who don't want us to remain in politics are threatening us through I-T raids".

In August, after the merger of Palaniswami and Panneerselvam factions, the AIADMK passed a resolution to retrieve the properties of Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR.

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