IT Raids At Jaya TV Office In Chennai

IT Raids At Jaya TV Office In Chennai

Apart from Jaya TV, the residence and office of Sasikala's nephew Vivek Jayaraman, his sister's house in Thyagaraya Nagar and another house in Bengaluru are among the other places being raided by I-T.

Jaya TV, a satellite channel, and Namadhu MGR Tamil daily, a mouthpiece of the AIADMK, are now under the management control of the Sasikala faction.

Income tax sleuths on Thursday raided the premises of Jaya TV here and its associates over suspected tax evasion as part of "Operation Clean Money", sources said.

The raids are being conducted for alleged money laundering through newly floated shell companies.

Clarifying that raid was not conducted at his Chennai house, he said searches were on at his farmhouse in Puducherry and other places.

The channel was initially started by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Jaya TV is now controlled by imprisoned AIADMK leader VK Sasikala's family.

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

"We saw that there were raids against actor Vishal when he spoke out against the government". Searches are also being conducted at the college run by Mr.Dhivakaran and also at the residence of S. Kamaraj who was appointed Tiruvarur district Secretary of AIADMK (Amma) by T.T.V. Dinakaran, replacing Food Minister R. Kamaraj, recently. "If they're conducting raids for speaking against demonetisation, I'll repeat it".

CNN-News18 said that friends and family members of Sasikala and Dhinakaran are being raided across four states in 187 locations.

Chennai: Sidelined All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader TTV Dinakaran on Thursday said the Centre is day dreaming if it believes that it can cause his faction any harm by conducting raids.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy too tried to wade into the controversy nearly claiming as if the raids were a reaction to his complaints against Sasikala made in a court but at the same time also lamenting why similar action was not being taken against Karunanidhi and his daughter, 2G scam accused M Kanimozhi.

The I-T raids were still on when this report was filed.