Gadgets, papers on benami assets seized from Poes Garden, says IT official

Income Tax officials raid Poes Garden search on in Tamil Nadu ex-CM J Jayalalithaa's secretary’s room

He told mediapesons that he had sought the permission to be inside the Poes Garden residence as the counsel of VK Sasikala and he was awaiting permission from the I-T officials.

This comes just a week after the IT official raided on Sasikala's family members and premises of Jaya TV in Chennai and unearthed an unaccounted income of over Rs 1,400 crore. The cadres held CM Palaniswamy, Panneerselvam and the Centre responsible for the raids at the late leader's residence.

Speaking to the media, Dinakaran said, "Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Modi are trying to destroy our family using the IT department, which is under their control". The raids are a follow-up of the mega search operations carried out earlier this month. The official revealed that a laptop, a desktop computer and four pen drives had been seized. "The Mannargudi family is responsible for all the issues in the AIADMK and also the cases filed against our Amma in the past", said D Jayakumar, minister for fisheries. "The people of Tamil Nadu would teach them a lesson", said Dinakaran. "Amma's atma (soul) won't pardon EPS and OPS", he added, referring to chief minister E Palanisami and his deputy, O Panneerselvam and accused them of going to any extent to safeguard their positions. "Subsequently, her brother and Jaya TV managing director Vivek Jayaraman hurried to Veda Nilayam and were there throughout the search", Dinakaran said.

Apsara Reddy, spokesperson of AIADMK's Sasikala faction, said they were not against raids.

The raids, however, did not evoke much response in the state unlike in the past when any action against Jayalalithaa met with protests, sometimes even violence by her supporters. However, the search was limited to Sasikala's room and Jayalalithaa's trusted aide S Poongundran's office.

Those raids were conducted over suspected tax evasion and targeted 10 income tax assesse groups, including those linked to Sasikala, her kin and some associates.

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