'Betrayal': Dinakaran Slams Late Night Raids At Jayalalithaa's Home

39;IT raids on Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden Home Betrayal of Amma's Soul' says Dhinakaran

Days after raids at Jaya TV, income tax officials landed at former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence in Chennai on Friday evening.

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, Palaniswami blamed Sasikala's family for the search and said that the state government has nothing to do with it.

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.

Watch accompanying video of Poornima Murali for more details. Dinakaran said there was a conspiracy behind the raids and also questioned the silence of Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam when raids were conducted at "Amma's" residence held "sacred" by all party men.

Denying the accusations made by Dinakaran, State Fisheries minister D Jayakumar said they had nothing to do with the raid on Friday. He said the ministers are supporting the raid because they are afraid that the IT officials would raid their houses too. "Raids are conducted by the IT dept which is under Centre", the reports said quoting Palaniswami.

TTV Dinakaran, criticised the Chief Minister and the other Ministers for being mute spectators for all the events.

Another member of Dhinakaran's rebel faction, VP Kalairanjan, called it a "political vendetta and targeting of one family".

The I-T official also claimed that they had to continue the search past midnight on Friday even after they completed the operation at Poes Garden.

According to the Newspaper,"It was a limited exercise".

Since 1996, Sasikala has always been under a cloud of "inquiry", Divakaran said in an apparent reference to a spate of corruption cases filed against Jayalalithaa and his sister, who was a close aide of the late leader, after the AIADMK lost the assembly elections that year.

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