Chennai: The ruling AIADMK faction on Thursday vowed to tackle a police complaint against its state ministers for allegedly obstructing Income Tax officials in conducting searches at Health Minster C Vijayabaskar's house.
AIADMK (Amma) Deputy General Secretary T T V Dhinakaran claimed the three ministers had gone to Vijayabaskar's house to meet him when the IT raids were being held there last week.
"They were allowed (to meet Vijayabaskar) and returned. Suddenly they (IT officials) have filed a complaint. We will face it legally," he told reporters.
The IT department, in a letter to city Police Commissioner Karan Singha on Wednesday, has accused the three ministers of not allowing its officers to perform their duties and conduct the searches.
It alleged they had barged into Vijayabaskar's residence and 'obstructed' the officials.
The searches on the premises of Vijayabaskar had allegedly revealed routing of Rs 89 crore for "distribution among voters" in R K Nagar assembly constituency, where the bypoll scheduled for April 12 was cancelled over the charges of use of money power.
Dhinakaran also dismissed as 'rumours' the speculations that Vijayabaskar could be replaced in the K Palaniswamy cabinet in view of the IT searches.
To a question, he said he would be the AIADMK (Amma) faction's candidate whenever bypoll to RK Nagar was held.
Dhinakaran has been fielded by the party in the constituency, where the byelection was necessitated due to demise of late chief minister Jayalalithaa....