Officials from the Income Tax Department on Friday morning began searches on several premises belonging to Tamil Nadu’s Health Minister and his relatives in Chennai and other districts after complaints were filed against them by voters in RK Nagar constituency where a by-election will be held on April 12.

Raids were also conducted on the premises of actor & All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi Leader R Sarathkumar, former AIADMK legislator Chitlapakkam Rajendran  and vice-chancellor of DR MGR Medical University S Geethalakshmi. On Thursday, Sarathkumar met AIADMK candidate in RK nagar. TTV Dinakaran extended support to him.

Vijaybhaskar is the first TN Minister to come under IT searches in recent times. IT investigation officials said that they had received complaints against the minister in the last few days. Four complaints have been filed against the health minister since the by-election date was announced. In Chennai alone, 19 places are being searched. In districts such as Trichy & Pudukottai, 13 places were being searched.

The searches which began at 6am are being conducted in stone quarries, colleges & residential premises of the minister and his close relatives. Vijaybhaskar had decided to support the Sasikala Camp after the party was split into two factions. Former CM O Pannerselvam accused Vijaybhaskar of siding with Sasikala & alleged that, Vijaybhaskar along with sasikala were pressuring him to quit the top post.

Four CRPF men were providing security for 10 IT officials who were searching Vijaybhaskar’s official residence on the Greenways Road. The move can be seen as a ‘Mini-Demonetisation’ strike against the Sasikala Camp. Remember, the masterstroke by PM Modi before the UP elections. Tough times ahead for the Mannargudi Mafia.


Alok Shetty