Chennai: IT Dept. raids Sasikala, relatives' properties in Poes Garden

J Jayalalithaa

Income Tax dept searches J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden house rooms used by her PA

With the raids continuing well past midnight, Mr. Dhinakaran slammed Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam.

He also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over raids.

The searches had court permission, the sources said. "We never made this as political issue".

The channel has been critical of the ruling AIADMK in the state after the EPS-OPS factions merged.

The income Tax sleuths who conducted raids on jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her family's properties have now landed at former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa's house.

He said, "The raids shows OPS and EPS would commit any treachery to save their posts".

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A senior I-T official told to the Hindu that the raids were based on a tip-off that some persons had conspired to remove crucial evidence such as documents and electronic gadgets from the rooms earlier occupied by Sasikala and the late Chief Minister's Personal Assistant Poongundram. Following the raid, ADMK supporters gathered around the rose garden and started protesting against the IT raids. He said Jayalalithaa's house was like a temple to the 1.5 crore AIADMK cadre.

Meanwhile, the security of the Poes Garden has been beefed up after I-T officials left the place in the wee hours today.

The IT officials reached the residence at around 10:00 p.m. local time on Friday and conducted searches for four to five hours. More than 100 policemen have also been deputed to ensure tight vigil.

The Friday's raids were seen as followup of the November 9 raids that were conducted in almost 200 locations.

The raids, according to officials, were part of raids at Jaya TV and family members of sidelined jailed AIADMK party leader Sasikala.

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