Last night Income Tax (IT) raids at late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence have stirred yet another controversy, with AIADMK rebel leader T T V Dinakaran accusing Chief Minister E Palaniswami (EPS) and Deputy chief minister O Pannerselvam behind the searches. The rebel leader has also claimed that the raid was an attempt to destroy his family and that he is not scared nor will he run away. On Friday night, at around 9 pm, the premises of Poem garden was raided by the I-T department, after getting an approval from the court. Dinakaran has openly slammed the CM EPS and CM OPS and has said it was an attempt to save their posts in the government. Further, he called this raid as an assault on Amma’s legacy and has said that the duo Chief Ministers will have to be answerable to one crore AIADMK cadres. Meanwhile, AIADMK MLA Kalai Rajan has accused BJP and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the raids. He further compared Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence to the temple.
However, in the five-day-long search conducted at Jaya TV office, I-T department had found an undisclosed amount of Rs 1,430 crore, in respect of 10 assesses group, which included those linked to jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala and their associates, as reported by PTI. Head of Jaya and nephew of Sasikala, said that to him it doesn’t seem to be a politically motivated affair. He said that if he has illegally occupied money, then he has to be answerable. It doesn’t matter whether he is a minister or any politician. I-T department is doing its job and that he is ready to cooperate. He further said that he has presented the documents of companies and has also offered an explanation in that regard. Further, about the question of jewellery of his wife, he said that will submit the relevant accounts in the coming days.
In yet another incident, Kodandau Estate manager, which is located in the Nilgiris district, was questioned by IT department. The Kodanadu estate was brought five years ago by Jayalalithaa and Sasikala and Natrajan was taking care of the affairs of the estate.