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11:21 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

AIADMK leaders pained over IT raids

Chennai,

A day after late last night surprise raids at ‘Veda Nilayam’, the Poes Garden residence of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the city, the Income Tax officials today started scrutinising the items seized fromher house where her close-aide and jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala stayed before and after her death in December 2016, even as AIADMK leaders said they were pained about the searches.

The searches, which started around 2200 hrs last night and ended around 0200 this morning, were carried out in the rooms used by Sasikala and Poongundran, a long time personal assistant of the late leader.

The raids were based on specific inputs that some people had conspired to clandestinely remove ‘crucial evidence’ such as documents and electronic gadgets from the rooms occupied by the duo.

Stating that the rooms used by the late leader when shewas alive were not searched, IT sources said ‘it is a limited mission. The entire premises were not searched’.

The raids were seen as a follow-up action after the five day massive raids at 187 places at the residential and office premises of Sasikala, her husband M Natarajan
and her nephews and all her family members and friends.

Raids were also conducted at Jaya TV controlled by Sasikala and at the residence of its CEO Vivek Jayaraman,the Jazz Cinemas owned by him and at the residence and
the Trusts run by his sister Krishna Priya in the city, where Sasikala stayed during her five-day parole to meet her husband at the hospital where he underwent a dual
organ transplant.

About the raids, IT department source said ‘such a big step (searches at Jayalalithaa’s house) by the IT department was done by officials in Delhi based on some crucial information.

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