IT raids at Jayalalithaa's Poes garden residence

Posted November 20, 2017

Late night drama erupted in Chennai after the income tax department conducted a search and recovery operation at the Poes Garden home of Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and properties of VK Sasikala's relatives. "It pains us that there has been a raid at Jayalalithaa's house which we consider as a temple and the state government was in the process of converting it into a memorial", he said. He said the ministers are supporting the raid because they are afraid that the IT officials would raid their houses too.

A day after Dhivakaran, brother of V.K. Sasikala, alleged that late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had left her former aide of 33 years unguarded, his nephew and sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran sought to do some damage control describing it as an emotional outburst.

"We know who is behind all these raids", Dinakaran told reporters in Tuticorin, a town in the southern tip of Tamil Nadu, about 600 km from Chennai.

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Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa, who made vain attempts to enter the Poes Garden residence on Friday night, also slammed Sasikala's family.

"It is the family of Sasikala and T.T.V. Dinakaran to be blamed for the IT raid", Jayakumar said. The chief minister and other ministers are afraid of the Tax officials.

"A laptop, a desktop, a tablet computer and six pen drives were recovered from the two rooms during the searches on Friday night", the source said.

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Responding to the media in Tuticorin, 600km from here, Minister of State for Finance and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said: "The raids were done on the basis of specific information and not for political vendetta". "We are not scared and we will not run away", he said.

The Chief Minister conceded it was a painful development.

Barely a few days earlier Income Tax department had carried out three-day search at more than 140 residential and business premises linked to Sasikala and her family members, known as the "Managurdi mafia" in reference to her ancestral town.

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