The Income Tax Department discovered solely Rs 1.36 lakh in money after a day-long raid of the Chennai residence of DMK chief MK Stalin’s daughter and son-in-law, sources informed NDTV on Saturday, including that no different seizure was made throughout raids at a complete of 4 places within the state.
The money has additionally been returned to the assesses, the sources stated, after relations produced paperwork accounting for the cash they stated was for family functions.
The sources stated the raids – which started 8 am Friday – had been based mostly on “credible” data on motion of money allegedly meant to bribe voters forward of subsequent week’s Assembly election.
The DMK, although, is livid on the timing of the allegations and raids.
Tamil Nadu votes for a brand new Assembly on Tuesday and the occasion – which heads an opposition alliance that features the Congress – referred to as the raids “politically motivated” and an instance of the misuse of businesses by the BJP authorities on the centre and the AIADMK authorities within the state.
A livid MK Stalin stated the individuals would “give a clear verdict on April 6 for this miscalculation”.
“I am MK Stalin. This Stalin has faced Emergency and MISA. I won’t be scared because of these IT raids. PM Modi should know that we aren’t AIADMK leaders who prostrate themselves before him,” he stated at an election rally yesterday.
On Friday morning a bunch of 25 Income Tax officers confirmed up in Chennai’s Neelangarai – the house of Sabareesan, Mr Stalin’s son-in-law and his key strategist and adviser.
Locations linked to Sabareesan’s associates – Karthik (the son of the DMK candidate from Chennai’s Anna Nagar) and Bala – had been additionally searched.
The raids got here a day after Mr Stalin’s son questioned what he referred to as the “exponential rise in wealth” of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah.
“Instead of my sister, why don’t you guys come and raid my home. I dare you guys. I am Kalaignar’s grandson. We won’t be scared by these raids,” Udhayanidhi Stalin, who has since additionally been slammed for crass comments about late senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, stated.
There had been separate raids on former minister Senthil Balaji and his brother Annadurai – the Tiruvannamalai MP – as nicely Murasoli – the Thanjavur North MLA and the DMK’s Union Secretary.
Friday was the second occasion of tax raids forward of the election, which is basically a straight combat between the ruling AIADMK (allied with the BJP) and the DMK (allied with the Congress).
Last month, senior DMK chief and candidate EV Velu, 70, was raided on the premise of what Income Tax officers referred to as “credible inputs of cash movement“.
The raids – apparently timed as MK Stalin was campaigning for him – had been carried out at 10 places, together with EV Velu’s dwelling in Tiruvannamalai and the non permanent residence of Mr Stalin.
Officials claimed a considerable amount of money was seized from the politician.
The outcomes of the Tamil Nadu election shall be declared declared on May 2.
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