The people understand what is going on, says TTV Dinakaran

Operation Clean Money: IT raids Jaya TV premises, properties of TTV Dhinakaran

I-T officials said the raids under "Operation Clean Money" targeted shell firms belonging to 10 groups, including those run by members of Sasikala family.

The Income Tax (I-T) department on Thursday raided the premises of Jaya TV and Dr Namadhu MGR, a Tamil newspaper, here.

Searches at the Tamil language television channel, which is perceived to be politically disposed in favour of deposed AIADMK leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dhinakaran, were conducted on Thursday morning. The simultanious search were conducted cross Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi and other places. We will not allow the party behind the raids to spread roots in Tamilnadu, ' he said.

"This is a clear case of political vendetta", alleges an MLA in the TTV Dhinakaran faction. The central government is behind these raids.

CNN-News18 said that friends and family members of Sasikala and Dhinakaran are being raided across four states in 187 locations.

Income Tax (I-T) department is conducting raids at All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) Karnataka in-charge V Pugazhendi's residence at Damlur locality of Bangalore.

In Coimbatore, I-T sleuths raided the house and business establishments of Arumugasamy, a sand merchant in the city, according to police sources.

"If the Centre thinks they can destroy us by conducting such raids, they are day-dreaming", he added.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy too tried to wade into the controversy nearly claiming as if the raids were a reaction to his complaints against Sasikala made in a court but at the same time also lamenting why similar action was not being taken against Karunanidhi and his daughter, 2G scam accused M Kanimozhi.

These raids will also impact the political situation in the state.

Dinakaran and Sasikala head a group inside the decision AIADMK for control of the gathering, which right now is in the hands of boss priest E Palanisami and his agent O Panneerselvam.

"It is very obvious that this is an attempt by the Centre to intimidate us", said advocate Kasimanabharathi, who represents various organisations belonging to the Sasikala family.

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