Income Tax Officials Raid In Jaya TV Office In Chennai

JayaTV and the associated parties are held by the Jayalalitha camp now headed by Sasikala. file

Dhinakaran, who emerged out from his home, said his house was not raided by the Income Tax but some of his properties including a farm house in Puducherry were raided by Income Tax department due to political vendetta by the present government. They were among a number of locations connected to the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK. "It's been orchestrated by the Centre".

"It's not about TV alone, but shell companies", an I-T official said.

Jaya TV advocate Kasinathabharathi too charged that Centre with using Income Tax department to shake the party as they weren't able to make a dent politically. After displaying their identity cards, a team of 10 officials of the income tax department barged the office of the TV Channel at Ekkatthuthangal. The raid began at 6.30 am and is ongoing.

A promulgation machine set up by AIADMK's female authority Jayalalithaa, Jaya TV is claimed by Sasikala and is taken care of by her relatives in her nonattendance.

The official said that nearly all premises belonging to associates of Divakaran were raided in Mannargudi. Vivek Jayaraman, who is SasiKala's nephew has been heading the company for some month as was reportedly also raided at his resident.

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa started Jaya TV. Both the channel and the newspaper is owned by Sasikala.

Jaya TV, in recent months, has been criticizing the Tamil Government, and has been support for Sasikala even as she has been proven to have been implicated with Corruption. And the movie theatre business Jazz Cinemas are all controlled by the Sasikala clan. Sources said the raids are also taking a look at suspected shell organizations, questionable ventures and fudging of accounts.

Earlier Sasikala's brother Dhivakarn, while speaking to reporters, said, "There is clearly a political agenda behind these sudden raids and I will give a proper explanation after the investigation is over".

Meanwhile, former state transport minister Senthil Balaji, Perambur MLA P Vetrrivel, Ambattur MLA V Alexander and Theagaraya Nagar MLA P Kalairajan and other leaders owing allegiance to Dhinakaran were seen flocking at his residence. Their lawyer Kasinathbharathi has further told the media that they will not bow down to scare tactics and will face the issue in court.

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