Income-Tax Department on Friday raided AIADMK leader Sasikala and her relatives’ properties in Chennai’s Poes Garden. As the IT raids continue, Jaya TV CEO Vivek Jayaraman arrived there. Sasikala is currently serving her sentence in the disproportionate-assets case.On February 14, 2017, a two-bench Supreme Court jury pronounced her guilty and ordered her immediate arrest in a disproportionate-assets case, effectively ending her Chief Ministerial ambitions. VP Kaliarajan, supporter of TTV Dinakaran supporter and former MLA called these raids as a political vendetta. “This is just political vendetta and targeting of one family,” he said.
Earlier today, another shock came for Sasikala. Madras High Court upheld a trial court order sentencing of her husband M Natarajan to two years imprisonment in a 23-year-old duty evasion case connected to import of a luxury car from the UK. Natarajan was convicted for conspiracy, forgery, cheating and tax evasion by a CBI court in 2010. He had challenged the order. When the pleas came up today, Justice G Jayachandran said there is ample evidence placed before the court by the prosecution to show that these accused were involved in cheating the government by producing forged documents. Dismissing their petitions, the judge directed the trial court to secure the accused and remand them to judicial custody to undergo the remaining period of the sentence, if any, PTI reported.
Meanwhile, VP Kalairajan, TTV Dinakaran supporter and former MLA termed the IT raids in Chennai as a ‘political vendetta’ and said, “This is just political vendetta and targeting of one family,” reported ANI.
VP Kalairajan, TTV Dinakaran supporter and former MLA (ANI)
On Thursday, tax officials had questioned manager Natarajan of Kodanadu Estate in Nilgiris district, belonging to former chief minister J Jayalalithaa over suspected tax evasion. He was looking after affairs of the estate and also reportedly the Green Tea Estate, a few kilometres away from Kodanadu, which was bought by Jayalalithaa and Sasikala five years ago. He was reportedly questioned for nearly six hours.
Following inputs, a search operation was launched in the office block and a room used by jailed and deposed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala at “Veda Nilayam,” the Poes Garden residence. The top Income Tax official was quoted by PTI as saying, “We have not searched the entire Poes Garden premises. Our team went at 9 pm and only Poongundran’s room, records room and other room used by Sasikala were searched.” Poongundran had served as an aide of the former chief minister.
The official added that the seizure included a laptop and the search would be concluded soon. Today’s search comes days after multi-city searches in 187 locations linked to ten income tax assesse groups which include those linked to Sasikala, her kin, and some associates.
Meanwhile, the Police has detained Sasikala’s supporters who were protesting against the IT raid in Poes Garden, reported ANI.