Yesterday after 10 PM, Income Tax sleuths searched former chief minister, Misappropriate asset case Supreme Court convicted J Jayalalithaa Poes Garden residence of in what is believed to be part of a crackdown on jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and her family members.
More than ten IT officials were at Veda Nilayam, which Sasikala once shared with the late AIADMK leader.
The operation follows interrogation of Jayalalithaa’s secretary Poodongran and Vivek Jayaraman over the past few days. Poongundran’s house was also raided earlier and he was summoned for questioning two times by the IT department.
IT Sources said the sleuths were looking for a laptop and a desktop computer and four pen drives that were believed to have been used by Sasikala.
Later after officials left Poyes garden Vivek ( Sasikala cousin) CEO of Jayatv and Jazz Cinemas told media IT officials took two Pen drives and one laptop and four bundles of letters that came for Jayalalithaa during her life time.
The raid came barely a few days after Income Tax department using army of 1800 officials and carried out Five -day search at more than 180 residential and business premises linked to Sasikala and her family members, known as the ‘Managurdi mafia’ in reference to her ancestral town.
Lat night ADMK faction belongs to TTV Dinakaran congregated outside the residence and on roads leading to it, shouting slogans against the central government.
As crowds swelled and abused BJP and Prime Minister Modi in particular., state police arrested Admk cadres by force and evicted them and later released them in early morning today.
The IT searches at Poes Garden is a betrayal of Amma’s soul, Dinakaran tweeted.
“On whatever reasons the raids are being conducted at residence of Jayalalithaa, the deed is definitely to save EPS and OPS. Amma’s atma (soul) won’t pardon EPS and OPS,” he added in reference to chief minister E Palanisami and his deputy, O Panneerselvam.
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Admk other faction leaders and present Cheif Minister E. Palanisamy and Dy Cheif Minsiter O. Pannir Selvam tight lipped on their political mentor house late night raid developments by Income tax officials.