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3:11 pm - Thursday November 22, 3956

IT raids at Sasi, TTV family members, Jaya TV

Chennai,  In what could be billed as the biggest ever raids in terms of number of places, officials of the Income-tax department today conducted searches at the houses and business premises of jailed and expelled AIADMK Amma leader V K Sasikala, her nephew TTV Dhinakaran and their entire clan, including Jaya TV and AIADMK organ Namadhu MGR.

The raids were part of operation ‘clean money’ and almostthe entire family members of Sasikala and Dhinakaran cameunder the IT scanner simultaneously from 0600 hrs this morning.

IT sources said the raids were being held in a total of 187 places following complaints of diversion of funds andmoney laundering through shell companies, post demonetisation.

About 160 places in Tamil Nadu, including that of Sasikala’shusband M Natarajan, her family members in Chennai city and Mannargudi, Sasikala’s brothers Dhivakaran and Dr Venkatesh,offices of Jaya TV its Managing Director Vivek Jayaraman (who is Sasikala’s nephew), Namadhu MGR, Kodanadu Estate in Nilgirsdistrict, where late leader J Jayalalithaa used to stay, Midas distilleries, Jazz Cinemas and Saradha Paper and Boards Private limited at Bhavanisagar in Erode.

The house of Dhivakaran at Sundarakottai at Mannargudi inTiruvarur district, besides supporters of Sasikala and TTV in Bengaluru and neighbouring states were raided.

Sources said raids were held at the office premises of Mavis Satcom Limited, the parent company that runs Jaya TV, which was incorporated in November 1998, a businessman Arumugasamy in Coimbatore, who supplied furnitures to the Kodanad estate and Windmill Subramani.

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