IT sleuths raid Poes Garden, Dinakaran alleges political motive

TN CM on I-T raids Sasikala's wrong doing brings bad name for party

Income Tax officials conducted raids for nearly four to five hours at the famous Veda Nilayam, the residence of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden Chennai.

According to him, concerned over the current travails of Sasikala, Mr. Dhivakaran said that Jayalalithaa had left her aide unguarded after her death but there was no need to blow this out of proportion.

Meanwhile, after reports o the IT raids broke, Sasikala's lawyers requested the officials to allow them to be present during the search, but their request was turned down. Dinakaran said there was a conspiracy behind the raids and also questioned the silence of Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palaniswamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam when raids were conducted at "Amma's" residence held "sacred" by all party men.

Speaking to reporters in Madurai, around 500 km from here, Palaniswami without naming anybody said due to wrongdoings of some persons the raids had happened at Jayalalithaa's residence.

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




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. More than 180 locations, businesses and houses, belonging to Sasikala and her family members.

Jayakumar said Dinakaran is blaming Chief Minister Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam for political gains.

However, senior leaders Dr V. Maitreyan and K.P. Munuswamy said whatever may be the reason it was painful and not acceptable. However, her elevation to the top party post saw factionalism affecting the AIADMK, following which she was removed. "We don't know why Jaya's room was not raided, may be they went in search of huge amount of money, gold and other materials, but what they got was only laptop and pendrives", he added.

The Friday IT search comes 21 years after an earlier search at Jayalalithaa's residence.

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