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Income Tex raids Poes garden residence, shashikala's laptop seized

20 November 2017, 12:35 | Tara Lloyd

Income Tax officials raid Poes Garden search on in Tamil Nadu ex-CM J Jayalalithaa's secretary’s room

Income Tax officials raid Poes Garden search on in Tamil Nadu ex-CM J Jayalalithaa's secretary’s room

CHENNAI Income-Tax searches on the premises of VK Sasikala and her kin, which commenced on the early morning hours of November 9, extended to late leader J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence "Veda Nilayam" Friday late night, sparking unrest among AIADMK cadres loyal to Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran.

Speaking to Express, a senior income tax official claimed they found original documents pertaining to the shell companies run by the clan after searching the rooms used by Sasikala in the Poes Garden residence.

Meanwhile, there was high drama outside the Poes Garden residence as ardent AIADMK supporters, a lot of them supporters of sidelined leader and Sasikala's newphew, TTV Dhinakaran, gathered in protest.

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The search - the second at Poes Garden after the DVAC search in 1996 - started at around 9 pm last night and lasted for almost four hours.

Terming the raids "painful", he said Dinakaran's attack on Palaniswami and Panneerselvam was for political gains. Poes Garden came under the siege of government agencies for the first time in 20 years on Friday night after the I-T raids.

The raids on 187 locations that also spanned Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi were conducted by over 1,000 officials, who split into more than a dozen teams. "The raid was held at Veda Nilayam because members of the Sasikala family continue to stay there".

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"Just imagine, if someone from your family happened to be with a powerful leader and did all the things said by the leader, and was still pushed to an unsafe situation later, then that is the best example for all women".

What stands out in these raids is the softening of the stance of DMK towards the Sasikala clan.

Jayakumar said Dinakaran is blaming Chief Minister Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam for political gains.

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The raids which began at late in the night were carried out by four Income Tax Department officials, accompanied by 20 other officials. They thought no one would enter the Jaya Fort whose keys were with Sasikala.

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