Almost a month after the Income-Tax department conducted raids at premises of Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijaya Bhaskar, tax sleuths have conducted raids operations today at his residence in Pudukkottai, an ANI report said. The department had conducted raids at several places on April 7 and seized around Rs 5.5 crore from premises of Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and others, news reeports had earlier said.
Among the documents that were seized include the volume of “incriminating documents” and a number of the voters’ list, reportedly of the R K Nagar Assembly constituency, which was expected to go on by-polls before being cancelled by the Election Commission, due to reports of violation of code of conducts. The seat has fallen vacant after the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year.
During its search operation on April 7, the Income Tax department also expanded its search operations in over 50 premises in and around Chennai. According to officials, while Rs 5.5 crore in cash was seized from Vijaya Bhaskar’s associates, a cash of Rs 26 lakh, which were kept in envelopes, was seized from the premises of a close relative of the minister.
Vijaya Bhaskar was the first state minister to come under the lens of taxmen, was among the key campaigners in the by-polls for TTV Dinakaran. Officials also told Indian Express that certain leads in the Sekhar Reddy case, the mining baron, who was arrested for alleged financial irregularities after the Centre’s demonetisation step, had led to the action.
As per PTI report, about 100 sleuths of the department had conducted searches at over 30 locations of Vijayabhaskar.
(With input from agency)