Sasikala’s nephew and rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran alleges political vendetta of Centre and Tamil Nadu government.
Income Tax (I-T) Department officials reportedly recovered more than Rs 5 crore in cash, eight kilograms of gold and diamonds worth crores as raids conducted on properties of jailed AIADMK leader and her family continued for the third day on Saturday.
According to a CNN-News 18 report, the Rs 5 crore cash was recovered from raids conducted at premises of Sasikala’s kin, their business associates and their organisations across 40 locations in the country.
Apart from the cash and metals, I-T department also recovered documents related to twenty shell companies and 40 properties. The news channel further stated that the shell companies were reportedly used to purchase properties by Sasikala.
“After analysis of the documents seized and clarifications obtained, tax demand would be raised and if the party pays the tax amount, including the penalty, the case would be closed depending on the other issues connected with the evasion,” an official told IANS.
Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran has claimed that the I-T sleuths were executing a “political vendetta” against him as part of a conspiracy between Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government and the Tamil Nadu government led by chief minister E Palaniswamy and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam.
The series of tax raids against Sasikala comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Chennai. Modi’s visit to Chennai had created a political storm due to the mixed signals it gave after he met Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswamy and then called on the AIADMK’s political arch rival, the ailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi.
Modi’s visit to the leaders of the two key political camps of Tamil Nadu came days before Tamil icon Kamal Haasan was scheduled to announce his roadmap for a political debut. Modi and his BJP have been desperately trying to expand their saffron footprint in the southern state. Despite BJP leaders as well as Karunanidhi’s son and heir apparent MK Stalin claiming that no political message should be read into the Prime Minister’s “courtesy visit” to Karunanidhi, the grapevine was abuzz with talk of a political re-alignment in the state under which the BJP would dump its friendly equations with the factionalised AIADMK and instead explore an alliance with the DMK.