I-T raids on properties of Sasikala

A nationwide raid was conducted in over 187 locations on the companies and private properties linked to Sasikala the former aide of late Jayalalithaa. Over 1800 officials were involved in the searches that took place at Tamil Nadu, BeƱgaluru and Puducherry.The premises searched were the offices of Jaya TV, AIADMK party organ,Midas Golden Distilleries, Jazz Cinemas and the Kodanad Estate in the Nilgiris. Properties owned by Sasikala’s family members were also searched.

Sources said that Income Tax officials had cut off all electronic communication of all the suspects and took possession of mobile phones,computers, laptops and landlines from the business and residential premises of the suspects to prevent leakage of information. Call taxis were hired for the job under the premise of ferrying people for a fictitious wedding.