Deepa argued with police who prevented her from entering the residence. She says that she has sued the State government for making it a memorial.
CHENNAI: After searching the residences of relatives and those closely associated with VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran, Income Tax department sleuths on Friday night reached the most unexpected place — the Poes Garden residence of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, which AIADMK cadre hold in high regard.
Around 9.30 pm, IT officials entered ‘Veda Nilayam’, once described as a place covered by iron-curtains. Department sources indicated that they had prior permission from the Madras High Court to search the premises and were specifically searching the chamber of Poongundran, Jayalalithaa’s secretary. After about 30 minutes, more sleuths joined in. A few days ago, the department searched the residence of Poongundran.
(With inputs from Express News Service)
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Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran tweets about CM Edappadi Palanisamy's recent announcement to turn Veda Nilayam into a memorial: "What answer does Edappadi have, for having tricked people into believing that Veda Nilayam will be converted into a memorial?"
போயஸ் கார்டனை நினைவு இல்லமாக மாற்றுவோம் என்று சொல்லி தொண்டர்களையும் மக்களையும் தொடர்ந்து ஏமாற்றி வரும் எடப்பாடியின் துரோக அரசு, இந்த துரோக செயலுக்கு என்ன பதில் சொல்ல போகிறது?— TTV Dhinakaran (@TTVDhinakaran) November 17, 2017
Sasikala continued to live in Veda Nilayam after Jaya's death amid murmurs of protest by sections of AIADMK party members.
According to her affidavit filed for 2016 TN assembly elections, Jayalalithaa and her mother Veda had purchased the property on July 15, 1967 at a cost of Rs 1.32 lakh and its value last year was estimated at Rs 72.09 crore.
Most of the AIADMK cadres have been detained and removed from the scene. Only a few members from the party are present.
In August 2017, Tamil Nadu CM Palaisamy announced that Veda Nilayam would be converted into a memorial.
Veda Nilayam, the residence that is being raided, is a sprawling bungalow where the late CM J Jayalalithaa stayed for over three decades.
Jaya TV CEO Vivek Jayaraman and his wife are inside the residence that is being raided.
More than 150 cadres from AIADMK have been arrested and cleared out from Poes Garden.
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More police have been deployed outside Jaya's residence.
They have betrayed the soul of Amma: TTV Dhinakaran
In a tweet, TTV Dhinakaran has questioned EPS and OPS: "How much more betrayal are you going to do to the AIADMK party?"
தங்களின் ஆட்சியை, பதவியை காப்பாற்றிக்கொள்ள கழகத்தை அடகு வைத்த எடப்பாடியும் பன்னீரும் இன்னும் எத்தனை துரோகங்களை செய்யக் காத்திருக்கிறார்கள்..?— TTV Dhinakaran (@TTVDhinakaran) November 17, 2017
AIADMK MLAs react to the sudden I-T raids at Poes Garden
Tight security at Poes Garden
Previously raided places include the residence of M. Natarajan, Sasikala's husband, in Thanjavur; Kodanad Tea Estate belonging to Jayalalithaa; Jazz Cinemas, Midas Distilleries, Sharada Paper and Boards, Senthil Group of Companies, Nilgiri Furniture in Coimbatore, Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR.
EPS, OPS are behind this: TTV Dhinakaran
Sasikala's nephew TTV Dhinakaran has condemned the raids, saying Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi Palanisamy and the deputy CM O Panneerselvam are behind the search.
The previous raids, known as the "Operation Clean Money", took place in Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Puducherry, and other areas in Tamil Nadu.
Former MLA from TVV Dhinakaran faction comments on the raids
Previously on November 9th, 1,800 IT officials knocked at the doors of 187 premises that belonged Sasikala and her kin. The raid went on for 4 days in various properties across Tamil Nadu.