Income Tax department raids Sasikala, relatives' properties in Poes Garden

Drama in Chennai after IT officials raid Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence

"Our team went at 9 pm and only Poongundran's room, records room and other room used by Sasikala were searched", the top Income Tax official told PTI.

According to him, it was a limited mission.

The IT Department carried out massive search operations at the residences and premises of Sasikala's kin and their business associates only days ago.

"Income tax department sources indicated that the raids at Poes Garden were carried out after inputs that electronic storage devices were being secretly moved out of the premises". Initial reports suggest former TN CM's PA, Poongundran's room is under scrutiny.

The Friday's raids were seen as followup of the November 9 raids that were conducted in almost 200 locations.

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Though Jaya TV had been the mouthpiece of the AIADMK for years, the channel turned a bitter critic of the E Palaniswami government after he joined hands with the rebel group led by O Panneerselvam, eventually edging out Dinakaran and his aunt Sasikala from their posts in the party.

However, Jaya TV MD and CEO Vivek Jayaraman, who was able to enter the Poes Garden home soon after the raids began, claimed the taxmen also took away three bundles of letters AIADMK cadres had written for Jayalalithaa.

Police security at Jayalalithaa's residence.

The news agency ANI reported that the properties of Amma's jailed confidant VK Sasikala was also being searched. Earlier this week, the Income Tax Department claimed to have unearthed at least Rs 1,400 crore in unaccounted wealth during the multi-day raids.

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