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10 November 2017, 01:00 | Marta Robbins
Jaya TV raids: The people understand what is going on, says TTV Dinakaran
The raids have been on-going at different locations, mainly related to or owned by, VK Sasikala, the sidelined AIADMK leader, who is in jail for corruption.
A team of around 10 officials of the I-T investigation department entered the office of the television channel at Ekkatthuthangal around 6 am after showing their identity cards.
IncomeTax department raided the Chennai office of Jaya TV and 186 other locations early on Thursday morning over allegations of tax evasion.
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Tamil Maanila Congress president GK Vasan, said, "Central government and Income tax department have to make it clear to the people the exact reason for the sudden raids in Dhinakaran and his family members' houses".
The searched premises include those belonging to Jaya TV (Mavis Satcom Ltd), its associates, Jazz Cinemas, an alcoholic beverages brewery, Midas Distilleries, a jewellery outlet and other firms, the official said. Political commentators say that it was crucial time for the party even as the allocation of the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK also figuring in the Jaya TV brand is pending with the Election commission. "We told the taxi company that the drivers will not be allowed to use their phones", said the official.
As the I-T raids and search operations carried on, a defiant Dhinakaran emerged from his Chennai residence to tell mediapersons: "my farm house at Puducherry is being searched..."
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 Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy and his deputy, who was the former chief minister, O Panneerselvam joined hands in August, Jaya TV has been highly critical of the functioning of the ruling AIADMK government.
These raids will also impact the political situation in the state. The OPS-EPS faction opposes the Sasikala-Dinakaran faction. Vivek Jayaraman, who is SasiKala's nephew has been heading the company for some month as was reportedly also raided at his resident.
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