Income Tax Raids Against Sasikala Clan Almost Over, Say Officials



Search operations initiated by the income tax (I-T) department on the premises of the jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala's family members, their companies and business associates were temporarily concluded, said a senior official from the I-T dept.

In the massive search exercise, over 1800 IT officials began simultaneous searches at 187 locations in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru on Thursday morning. There are many incriminating documents seized, gold items have also been seized.

The raids are on at 40 places including Jaya TV office in Ekkathuthangal, MIDAS distillery near Tambaram owned by Sasikala and Jazz theatres. Earlier, Jaya TV premises in Chennai and deposed All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary T T V Dinakaran's farm house were searched as part of "Operation Clean Money".

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The raid was also conducted at residences of Managing Director Vivek Jayaraman and his sister Krishna Priya Vivek.

An I-T official said that 100 bank accounts were frozen after it was detected that they belonged to 20-odd shell companies.

A report from Thanjavur, quoting police, said eight persons were arrested for allegedly preventing income tax officials from discharging their duty and entering into a wordy duel.

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

"Several documents of money transactions seized during the raid are yet to be scrutinised". The two residences of Sasikala's astrologer and a jewellery shop in Cuddalore are also under the scanner. Backed with inputs including those from Finance Ministry's Financial Intelligence Unit, the raids were being conducted following allegations covering various aspects.

Income Tax raids were again conducted on the offices of prominent Tamil channel Jaya TV in Chennai today.

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