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IT raids at Sasikala’s family, associates continues

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Chennai, Nov 10: For the second consecutive day on Friday Income Tax (IT) officials continued their massive raids at the premises of close relatives of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala, their business associates and organisations connected to them, a senior IT official said.

He also said that “sizeable volume of cash and documents” have been seized at the searched premises.

“The volume and value of cash and documents seized would be known only after they are totalled after completing the entire operation,” he told IANS preferring anonymity.

“In some places the search operations have ended and in many places the it is still going on,” he added.

The searches were conducted in connection with unexplained routing of cash post-demonetisation through shell companies allegedly connected to Sasikala and Dinakaran.

The IT department will look at the routing of funds within India whereas other agencies will look into the routing of money outside India, the official said.

According to him, the nature of this search operation “is different” and it is not just searching the premises and seizing unaccounted cash.

“We have information about shell companies and the search is in connection with their operations,” he said.

Whether the bank accounts of the searched persons, companies would be “frozen to detect suspect transactions and other actions”, would be taken only after collating the data from the seized papers.

On Thursday, a team of around 1,800 IT officials knocked at the doors of 187 premises-residences, offices and farm houses — to carry out one of their biggest searches on the members, business establishment and business associates of one single family, that is, Sasikala’s.

The places raided included the residence of M. Natarajan, Sasikala’s husband, in Thanjavur, Kodanad Tea Estate belonging to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, Jazz Cinemas, Midas Distilleries, Sharada Paper and Boards, Senthil Group of Companies, Nilgiri Furniture in Coimbatore, Jaya TV, Namadhu MGR and several other premises in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

The operation was kept secret, so much so that the raiding tax officials hired private cabs and had pasted wedding stickers on the windscreens of vehicles involved in the operation so as not to arouse suspicion.

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Chief Secretary row: Delhi Court sends two AAP MLAs to judicial custody till tomorrow

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Amanatullah Khan Surrenders

New Delhi, Feb 21: Delhi Court on Wednesday sent the two AAP MLAs(Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal)  to judicial custody till tomorrow after they were produced before Delhi’s Tis Hazari court.

Delhi police arrested AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan in Delhi Chief Secretary alleged assault case after he surrendered dramatically in Jamia Nagar Police station. While surrendering the MLA said, I have not done anything wrong.’

Whereas the police arrested the another MLA Prakash Jarwal on Tuesday evening on the accusations that he along with Aam Aadmi Party MLA Amanatullah Khan and his colleague in front of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence assaulted Chief Secretary of Delhi Anshu Prakash on Monday midnight, where he was called for a meeting.

The police today also questioned V.K. Jain, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s advisor in connection with an alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by two AAP MLAs.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Harendra Kumar Singh told IANS that Jain was being questioned at the Civil Lines Police Station.

The Chief Minister’s advisor was present at the time of the incident, according to Prakash’s police complaint.

The Additional DCP said police were also trying to track down Khan. They had been to Khan’s residence to detain him on Tuesday night, but the AAP MLA from Okhla was not present.

The allegation of the assault triggered a political storm in the national capital a day ago with the BJP demanding Kejriwal’s resignation and the Congress asking for the AAP chief’s apology.

The AAP hit back by stating that the Chief Secretary was making false allegations and said he was working at the “behest of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)”.

The Home Ministry sought a report from Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on the issue and Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he was “deeply pained” by the development.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday afternoon, Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain was manhandled by a crowd which gathered outside the door of a lift inside the Delhi Secretariat. Hussain’s Assistant Personal Secretary was beaten up, according to multiple video clips from the Secretariat.

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Sinha’s jibe: As Modi’s are leaving the country, hide the ‘Jhola’ of fourth Modi, he is a sentimental man

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BJP leader, Shatrughan Sinha, who is known to be very vocal against his own party on Wednesday launched a new attack on Prime minister Narendra Modi.

Continuing his series of sarcastic jibes on the BJP government the leader in the tweet said,”With humour & a tinge of political irony! Tweets like this are being actively shared across parties.”

Stating PM Modi’s statement from one of his speeches in which Prime minister said, “I am only a ‘Fakeer’, I’ll take up my bag and leave” (Modi ne ek rally mein Kaha tha, main to fakeer hun jhola uthakar chal dunga)

Sinha took a dig on Modi’s statement and said, “3 Modi’s (Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Jatin) have already left and we should hide the ‘Jhola’ of the fourth(Narendra Modi) as he is a sentimental man.”

In his tweet, on Tuesday the leader questioned the presence of Nirav Modi with PM Modi in World Economic Forum in Davos.

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PM Modi is not against corruption, he is an instrument of corruption: Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi in Meghalaya

On the second day of his visit to the poll-bound state Meghalaya, Rahul Gandhi conducted a road show in Shillong.

The leader addressing people in Shillong said, “BJP comes here & offer crores of rupees to the churches of Meghalaya.”

“Just like they think they can buy some Congress MLA’s & form the govt here, they also think they can come here & buy the church, the religion and God. This is disgusting,” he added.

When asked about the PNB scam and Nirav Modi the leader said, “Narendra Modi is not against corruption, he is an instrument of corruption.”

Yesterday while addressing people in Meghalaya the asked to make ‘BJP Mukt Meghalaya’.

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