Jaya TV Office Raided By Tax Officials In Chennai

Saul Bowman
November 10, 2017

I-T officials also searched the residences of Sasikala's brother V Dhivakaran at Mannargudi (Sasikala's hometown), the Bengaluru residence of V Pugazhendi, a loyalist of Sasikala's nephew and designated political heir TTV Dhinakaran, and the house of Sasikala's niece in T Nagar, Chennai.

The offices of Jaya TV, Dr Namadhu MGR newspaper were among a number of locations connected to the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK that were raided by officials of the Income Tax Department in the early hours of the Thursday.

Speaking of the raids, the IT officials said that they were acting on a tip-off, which said that the channel had evaded taxes.

The searched premises include those belonging to Jaya TV (Mavis Satcom Ltd), its associates, Jazz Cinemas, an alcoholic beverages brewery, Midas Distilleries, a jewellery outlet and other firms, the official said.

Clarifying that raid was not conducted at his Chennai house, he said searches were on at his farmhouse in Puducherry and other places. The AIADMK rank and file, led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, has since split with the Sasikala family and joined hands with the former rebels, led by O Panneerselvam.

Dinakaran, AIADMK leader and Sasikala's nephew, in a press conference termed the raids "political motivated" and said that the raids would not weaken his faction of the AIADMK. The central government is behind these raids.

In Coimbatore, I-T sleuths raided the house and business establishments of Arumugasamy, a sand merchant in the city, according to police sources. They can not think that they will benefit in Tamil Nadu by destroying both. At least a dozen Officials began the process of raid at 6 am, at the office. "These raids have been conducted to further amplify the intra-party disputes of AIADMK". "They can't scare us with raids", he said. He alleged that the raids are part of the Centre's tactics to get him and jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala out of the AIADMK party.

"It is very obvious that this is an attempt by the Centre to intimidate us", said advocate Kasimanabharathi, who represents various organisations belonging to the Sasikala family.

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