Chennai: Three days after TTV Dhinakaran won the RK Nagar bypoll as an independent candidate, income tax sleuths conducted a fresh round of search and survey operation in 11 places across the state including six in the city — all linked to jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala and her family.
I-T department sources said that the officials begun examining documents on premises where a massive search and survey operation was conducted last month.Wednesday’s operation included search operations at Midas Distilleries in Padappai near Chennai, Sai Group of Companies in Padappai, Adyar residence of Karthikeyan, son-in-law of Sasikala’s sister-in-law Ilavarasi, and a college in Coimbatore. Karthikeyan is also one of the directors of Midas Distilleries.
Wednesday’s operation, according to I-T officials, primarily involved lifting of prohibitory orders under which documents, materials or articles like jewellery were placed securely on the premises raided.
The exercise mostly marks procedural formalities nearing the completion stage, an official said. During this process, documents or items placed under prohibition would be evaluated. Following this, such items may either be taken into custody by authorities or will be handed back to the assessees.
In November, I-T officials conducted search operations at 187 locations in the state linked to TTV Dhinakaran and V.K. Sasikala. It was dubbed as one of the largest search operations by the income tax department in recent years with 1,800 personnel involved in the operation....