- Searches began at eight am at 4 locations in Chennai owned by Sabareesan
- One of the locations being searched is a house in Neelangara
- Sources say there have been inputs on motion of money associated to election
DMK chief MK Stalin’s son-in-law was raided by Income Tax officers immediately, simply 4 days earlier than the Tamil Nadu election. Searches began round eight am at 4 locations in Chennai owned by Sabareesan and his associates. The DMK has complained to the Election Commission, calling it “abuse of power” by the Income Tax division.
Tax officers have been “working for the poll prospects of the AIADMK-BJP under the garb of discharge of their duties,” the Tamil Nadu opposition occasion alleged, urging the election physique to restrain the tax division.
Among the premises searched by taxmen was the house of Mr Stalin’s daughter Senthamarai and Sabareesan in Neelangarai, simply exterior Chennai. Tax division sources informed NDTV there have been inputs on the motion of money associated to the election marketing campaign.
Locations linked to the associates of Sabareesan, Karthik and Bala, have been additionally searched. Karthik is the son of the DMK candidate from Annanagar, Mohan.
Sabareesan is a key DMK strategist and adviser to Mr Stalin. The DMK chief mentioned 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,” mentioned Mr Stalin on the searches at his daughter’s house, referring to a controversial regulation utilized by the then Congress authorities throughout the Emergency to crack down on politicians.
Speaking at a rally in Perambalur, he mentioned: “Today morning I came to Trichy from Chennai. I got news of a raid going on at my daughter’s house in Chennai. The (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi government is saving the AIADMK government now…I want to tell Modi that this is DMK, don’t forget that, I’m the son of Kalaignar (late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi). I will not be scared like this,”
Numerous DMK leaders and supporters gathered on the Neelangarai house as a present of help. Mr Stalin additionally retweeted what gave the impression to be crowds at a DMK rally.
A delicate reminder about how Tamil Nadu reacts after a raid by any Central Agency ???????? pic.twitter.com/A0xGMHxCMV
— Sriram (@SriramMadras) April 2, 2021
The searches come a day after Mr Stalin’s son Udhayanidhi, at a rally close to Coimbatore, questioned what he referred to as the exponential rise within the wealth of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah.
This is the second occasion of tax raids forward of the April 6 election, which is principally a contest between the ruling AIADMK that has an alliance with the BJP, and the principle opposition DMK, which is preventing with the Congress.
Last month, senior DMK chief and candidate EV Velu was raided on the idea of what Income Tax officers referred to as “credible inputs of cash movement”. Officials claimed a considerable amount of money was seized from the politician.
Income tax officers carried out searches at over 10 areas together with EV Velu’s house in Tiruvannamalai, his constituency. The 70-year-old is looking for re-election from the constituency.
The DMK chief was raided across the identical time Mr Stalin campaigned for him and the place the place the DMK chief stayed was additionally searched.
“Conducting searches in the room where DMK chief MK Stalin stayed shows their intention. Nothing has been seized. This won’t stop our victory,” DMK common secretary Duraimurugan had mentioned on the raids.
The outcomes of the Tamil Nadu election might be declared declared on May 2.
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