The raids by the I-T department could have a significant impact on Tamil Nadu politics, with the ruling AIADMK faction engaged in a bitter battle with rebel Dhinakaran and his supporters. Family members of Sasikala, particularly her nephew Vivek Jayaraman took up the reigns of the Channel.
IT official also searching the premises of Jaya TV, Dr Namadhu MGR, Jazz Cinemas and Kodanad estate owned by Sasikala and her family members in Chennai.
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.
"This is a clear case of political vendetta", alleges an MLA in the TTV Dhinakaran faction.
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.
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"I heard that raids are taking place at my farm house, it is a lonely place".
"We will evolve a strategy once the raids get over", said a support of Dhinakaran. If the Centre thinks they can destroy us by conducting such raids, they are day-dreaming.
Following the factional divide in the ruling AIADMK, Jaya TV has been critical of the government led by chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam.
Meanwhile, at Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district, raids were conducted at the houses and office premises of Sasikala's husband M Natarajan, her relatives including Mahadevan, Venkatesan and Divakaran and a former councillor of Thanjavur.
The sleuths also carried out raids on the house of one Sajivan, who supplied wood and interiors to the Kodanadu bungalow in Kotagiri belonging to late Jayalalithaa, they said. "My simple question is why target the family?" asked Prasanna, spokesperson of the Sasikala-Dhinakaran faction of AIADMK. "Centre sent I-T department for his remarks against demonetisation", he said.