The people understand what is going on, says TTV Dinakaran

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

Searches were also being carried by the I-T officials at Vivek's residence in Chennai. The channel is now controlled by jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala's family members, led by her nephew Vivek Jayaraman.

The Income Tax officials have conducted raids at Jaya TV office in Chennai on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters after conducting gho-pooja at his Adyar residence, Dhinakaran said the raids were aimed at removing his aunt Sasikala and him from politics. The spots searched incorporated the decision AIADMK's mouthpiece Namadhu MGR, Jaya TV and Jazz Cinemas.

The raids at about 187 areas started at around 6 am and were done in various urban areas including Bengaluru, Puducherry, Hyderabad and Delhi other than Chennai and different towns in Tamil Nadu.

At the crack of dawn, I-T department officials fanned out, searching the headquarters of Jaya TV, Namadhu MGR, Kodanad Tea Estate in Nilgiris belonging to late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, and at the house of M Natarajan (Sasikala's husband) in Thanjavur. The central government is behind these raids. "What will they find there", Dinakaran said.

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

Opposition leader and the working president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) M.K. Stalin on Thursday sought an explanation on the I-T raids that have taken place in Tamil Nadu over the last one year. "Now, they will just claim that they got a tip off as a reason to not send a show cause notice ahead of the raids", he adds. The deputy propaganda secretary said, 'These raids are done clearly with a political agenda.

MP R Vaithilingam, a key member of the ruling AIADMK group led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said, 'there is no relationship between today's raids and the issue of retrieving Two Leaves symbol.

It is also being said that raids are being conducted at nine other companies across the state. "My simple question is why target the family?" asked Prasanna, spokesperson of the Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK. "But I will not bow down", he said.

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