Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Did not enter Jayalalithaa's residence say IT officials

Did not enter Jayalalithaa's residence say IT officials

The IT sleuths are said to have received information that electronic storage devices were present at Poes Garden and that they were secretly being transferred to some other place.

The search was restricted only to the room of the PA as they were looking for certain documents. "PM and Arun Jaitley are trying to destroy our family using IT Department", Mr Dinakarana said, adding that "OPS and EPS will go to any extent to safeguard their positions."The search, according to the officials, was limited to two rooms that were used by VK Sasikala, the closest aide of Ms Jayalalithaa who died a year ago in December, and a third room used by the AIADMK matriarch's personal secretary S Poongundran , As Reported By NDTV".

The officials even searched the rooms which were used by Jayalalithaa's aid Sasikala. The official revealed that a laptop, a desktop computer and four pen drives had been seized.

Sidelined former deputy general secretary of AIADMK, TTV Dhinakaran, who is at loggerheads with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, tweeted, "On whatever reasons the raids are being conducted at residence of Jayalalithaa, the deed is definitely to save EPS and OPS". He told mediapesons that he had sought the permission to be inside the Poes Garden residence as the counsel of VK Sasikala and he was awaiting permission from the I-T officials.

IT officials have conducted raids in Tamil Nadu since November 9. "We have confirmed information about concealment of income and tax evasion".

This was the first time that Sasikala was directly being probed by the IT department.

It may be recalled that the officials had also inspected Poogundran's residence in Adyar during the raids.

Around 10.40 pm, Jaya TV CEO Vivek Jayaraman arrived at the spot and after a few minutes' delay, he was allowed inside Poes Garden.

The raids on 187 locations that also spanned Bengaluru, Hyderabad and New Delhi were conducted by over 1,000 officials, who split into more than a dozen teams.

A senior official told NDTV: "It was a limited exercise".

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