Taxmen conducted a raid in former CM J. Jayalalitha’s residence at Poes Garden. This raid is said to be the continuation of the raid that happened a week ago in Jaya TV office and other companies floated by Sasikala and her family.
Four Income Tax Department officers, accompanied by at least 20 other officials to help with document sorting, are believed to have conducted the raid, which began at 9.30 pm on 17th November.
போயஸ் கார்டனை நினைவு இல்லமாக மாற்றுவோம் என்று சொல்லி தொண்டர்களையும் மக்களையும் தொடர்ந்து ஏமாற்றி வரும் எடப்பாடியின் துரோக அரசு, இந்த துரோக செயலுக்கு என்ன பதில் சொல்ல போகிறது?
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The sources further added that the officials searched three rooms out of which one belonged to Poongundran, who was Jayalalithaa’s personal assistant, while the other two were ones used by Sasikala. Jayalalitha’s living place was left untouched.
Vivek Jayaraman, sasikala’s nephew said “I don’t know for what reason they took the letters. They asked permission to search Amma’s living space but we denied”, he said. “The temple where Amma lived has been tainted now and it is very unfortunate that no one raised any objection.”
After Jayalalithaa’s death last December, Sasikala had continued living at the Poes Garden home until the Supreme Court upheld her conviction in a disproportionate assets case and sent her to jail.
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It is to be noted that Vivek was allowed to enter the premises, but Deepa Jayakumar, jayalalitha’s niece, was denied entry into the premises during the time of raid. Later Deeepa claimed in a dramatic tone, that this raid is part of Saikala’s plan.
“Income Tax officials did not inform us about the raids. I am the rightful heir of Jayalalithaa. They broke into our property. It’s illegal. I am the rightful heir of Jayalalithaa,” Deepa Jayakumar said, before ending with, “It’s (a) conspiracy by Sasikala and (her) family,” she said.
Sasikala’s supporters gathered in front of Poes garden and raised different slogans in support of Sasikala. One among the protestors questioned “Would they have dared to enter the premises had Amma been alive?” with rage filled in his eyes.
Vivek Jayaraman claimed the I-T officers also took away three bundles of letters AIADMK cadres had written for Jayalalithaa. He also added, “I don’t know for what reason they took the letters.
We received an input that some important electronic storage devices are going to be clandestinely removed from two rooms used by Sasikala in Vedanilayam. So, we have gone a limited mission and recovered a laptop, four pen drives and a desktop (computer). We are not searching the entire premises,” an Income Tax official said.