Jaya TV raid: TTV Dinakaran's farmhouse comes under scanner

Following the raids conducted at Jaya TV and various other places in Tamil Nadu, Income Tax sleuths raided a farm house of deposed AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran in neighbouring Puducherry as part of multiple searches over suspected tax evasion.
Jaya TV raid: TTV Dinakaran's farmhouse comes under scanner
AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran


The sleuths also searched the premises of some others linked to Dinakaran and his jailed aunt VK Sasikala, said an I-T department official, who did not want to be named.
Jaya TV, the channel of late chief minister Jayalalithaa and which is known to be a mouthpiece of AIADMK, is perceived to be politically disposed towards Sasikala and Dinakaran.
The searches that began early this morning were being conducted over suspected tax evasion as part of 'Operation Clean Money' that was initiated post-demonetisation, the official said.
The simultaneous searches, spread across multiple locations in Tamil Nadu, includes the premises of associates and some relatives of Sasikala and Dinakaran.
Also, searches were being held in other cities including Bengaluru.
Dhinakaran, the deposed deputy general secretary of the AIADMK and who is locked in a turf war with the faction led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam over control of the party, said his farm house was searched while denying that his house was raided.
Among the premises being searched includes that of Sasikala's Tiruvarur district based brother Divakaran.
Also, the allegation covers aspects like shell companies, dubious investments, fund flow and fudging of accounts, the I-T official told PTI.
The searches at the TV channel's accounts section is part of 'Operation Clean Money', the official said.
Searches also covered the premises of Midas Distilleries and Jazz Cinemas, the official said.
The two entities are perceived to be associated with some of those linked to Jaya TV, Sasikala and Dinakaran.
Jaya TV also reported the searches by tax sleuths in its premises and at Jazz cinemas.
It was being conducted by more than 10 groups since this morning, the official said.
TTV Dinakaran, meanwhile, told reporters that his residential premises was not searched as claimed by a section of media.
He, however, said his farm house off Auroville at Puducherry was searched. "I think they have concluded search there," he said.
He said an "official" visited his residence and left. He added that it is, however, not known if the official will return and hold searches.

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