IT raids offices of Jaya TV, Dr Namadhu MGR

Jaya TV, a prominent TV channel in Tamil Nadu, was started by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

CR Saraswathi, a Dhinakaran camp loyalist and a party functionary, told the news channel, "Jaya TV has been running for so many years".

In a massive operation involving around 1,800 officials, the Income Tax Department on Thursday conducted raids at the premises of, among others, close relatives of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala and her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran across Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring states.

Dinakaran, AIADMK leader and Sasikala's nephew, in a press conference termed the raids "political motivated" and said that the raids would not weaken his faction of the AIADMK.

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The allegation also covers aspects like shell companies, dubious investments, fund flow and fudging of accounts, income tax sources told PTI.

"The Union minister under whom income tax department falls and other officials must explain the reason behind the frequent I-T raids in Tamil Nadu", said Stalin. The raid which began at 6.30 am was carried in 187 other locations as well.

IT official also searching the premises of Jaya TV, Dr Namadhu MGR, Jazz Cinemas and Kodanad estate owned by Sasikala and her family members in Chennai.

A group of 30 I-T officials conducted raids at 11 places in Thanjavur and Tiruchirappalli districts from 7 am.

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"We will evolve a strategy once the raids get over", said a support of Dhinakaran.

Income Tax (I-T) department is conducting raids at All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Karnataka in-charge V Pugazhendi's residence at Damlur locality of Bangalore.

After the merger between Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam, TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala were ousted from AIADMK and a number of issues have been emerging between the factions. Soon after IT authorities arrived at his home in Adyar in high-class south Chennai, Dinakaran said the raids were politically launched. Since her death, they have been used as a tool in the factional war for the control of the AIADMK. Raids are also being conducted in Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

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  • Ryan Wade