The Department of Income Tax carried out Friday a “search and recovery operation” in the Pose Garden House of former Tamil Nadu Prime Minister, Jayalalithaa and the property of VK Sasikala’s parents in the in the high-end site Chennai.
It was important security device deployed to avoid any untoward incident, but as soon as the news of the IT team that reached and spread the Veda Nilayam, gathered a large number of protesters outside the region and they clashed with the police. The expansive bungalow was almost empty when the I-T officials arrived there.
The Sasikala faction wondered why Jayalalithaa’s house was the target and said it was a witch hunt by the EK Palaniswami government.
The condemnation of the raids, that put aside and head of Sasikala’s nephew AIADMK TTV Dhinakaran called a betrayal of Amma’s soul.
“The PSE and PAHO must answer the questions raised by the 1.5 million AIADMK executives. The government of the traitors deceived the people of Tamil Nadu,” he said.
Another member of the rebel faction, VP Kalairanjan, called it a “political vendetta and aimed at a family”.
Officials said, however, that it was not a robbery, but only a search operation that was carried out after a tip that the “key” could be stolen from the house.
They said that the search was limited to the room that served as the office to Jayalalithaa’s personal secretary, PS Poongundran.
However, sources said that a laptop, desktop, and four pen drives were seized by a room used by Sasikala, which doubts were raised about claims made by taxpayers on limited search.
Around 10:30 pm Sasikala’s nephew reached Vivek Jayaraman, who is also the CEO of Jaya TV, the venue and tried to enter the bungalow, but was stopped by security men who were assigned outside. Companies owned by Vivek and his home have also been attacked by the I-T Department in recent days.
However, Sasikala Rajasendur Pandian’s board rejected the I-T department’s claim that it was not a robbery. He told the media that all of Sasikala’s belongings were inside and that’s why it was a raid on Sasikala.he said: “I should be inside to advise Sasikala to attend a procedure,”.
The “search” comes just a week after the I-T officials attacked Sasikala’s parents and Jaya TV buildings in Chennai and an uncompensated income of over Rs 1,400 crore had found.
The raids on 187 sites that also relate to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi were carried out by more than 1,000 officials, who divided into more than a dozen teams. They were made on the basis of inputs, including those from the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Finance.
Charges include suspicion of front companies, questionable investments, suspicious cash flow, and account transfers and forgery.