I-T officials search Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence as tense situation prevailed

After raiding the residences of premises of the relatives and those who are closely associated with VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran, the IT sleuths today night reached most unexpected place.

Published: 17th November 2017 11:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 18th November 2017 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

Heavy security outside Jaya's residence, Poes Garden | P Jawahar

By Express News Service

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.

Around 10.40 pm, Jaya TV CEO Vivek Jayaraman arrived, and after a few minutes, was allowed into the bungalow. However, his advocate Raja Senthoor Pandian was not. He said he sought permission to enter the bungalow as he was Sasikala’s counsel. Former MLA VT Kalairajan arrived and blamed the Centre for IT operations.

Dhinakaran tweeted condemning them. “Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam are behind this raid and they have betrayed the soul of Amma. They are committing this betrayal to protect their posts,” he said.

A protester tried to draw petrol from a reporter’s bike to attempt immolation. The police arrested around 150 people.

Kept from Jaya’s room

TTV said IT sleuths had permission to search Sasikala’s room. When they wanted to search Jayalalithaa’s room, Vivek, CEO, Jaya TV, reportedly objected as they didn’t have permission


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