8 persons arrested for preventing I-T raids at premises of Sasikala, kin

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Nov 2017 09:14:15


CHENNAI,

Nov 10,

(PTI),

INCOME Tax sleuths on Friday continued their raids for the second day in premises linked to jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala and her kin over suspected tax evasion during which eight persons were arrested for allegedly preventing the searches. The searches, which began in 187 locations on Thursday in multiple cities including at Tamil channel Jaya TV here and its associates, continued in “some premises” for the second day, said a senior official of the Income Tax department. However, it has been concluded in other locations, the official said.

Some documents and cash have also been seized during the searches, the official told PTI. Backed with inputs including those from Finance Ministry’s Financial Intelligence Unit, the raids were being conducted following allegations covering various aspects. This included suspicion of shell companies, dubious investments, suspicious fund flow and its transfers and fudging of accounts.

A report from Thanjavur, quoting police, said eight persons were arrested for allegedly preventing income tax officials from discharging their duty and entering into a wordy duel. When staffers of a college near Thanjavur, which is reportedly linked to Sasikala’s kin, went to the extent of “frisking the baggage” of tax officials, it led to heated exchanges between them, leading to their arrest, police said.

Dhinakaran, the deposed AIADMK Deputy General Secretary, condemned the searches as a “conspiracy” and criticised the Centre. Jaya TV premises in Chennai and Dhinakaran’s farm house were searched as part of ‘Operation Clean Money,’ under which premises belonging to ten Income Tax assessee groups were searched. Of the 187 premises searched on Thursday, most of it were in Tamil Nadu, a handful in Hyderabad, three in New Delhi, and one in Bengaluru. Dubbing the searches a “conspiracy”, Dhinakaran alleged it was to oust him and his jailed aunt from politics.