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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.

IANS

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BJP MLA shot at in Uttar Pradesh, Probe ordered

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Sahibabad, June 18: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Nandkishore Gurjar was attacked by miscreants in Sahibabad on Sunday night. 

Following this Uttar Pradesh Police has filed a complaint and initiated a probe to nab the accused.

Speaking to ANI, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ghaziabad, Vaibhav Krishna said, “A complaint has been filed. Some shots were fired on the vehicle of the MLA. His private gunner also retaliated. The investigation is underway.”

The incident took place at around 10.30 pm yesterday near Hindon bridge in Farukhnagar.

As per the reports, four bike-borne assailants approached near MLA’s vehicle and opened fire at him. Gurjar was on his way to his native village.

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Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway toll plaza painted saffron

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Muzaffarnagar , June 17 : A  toll plaza on the Muzaffarnagar-Saharanpur highway in Uttar Pradesh has been painted saffron on Sunday.

 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in power in Uttar Pradesh and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has given a makeover to secretariat building, dividers, statues, and even toll plazas with a saffron colour.

 From the Chief Minister’s office to various other spots, the colour has become a defining feature of the state.

Earlier this year, Gomti Nagar police station, Qaiser Bagh police station, Haj committee office’s boundary walls in Lucknow were coated saffron.
The saffronisation, however, did not go down well with the Opposition, who termed it a political ploy of the party.

Earlier, in December, around 100 government primary schools were painted saffron. Later the DM got them white washed again.

The towels in the office of the chief minister on the fifth floor of the building are of a saffron hue and the curtains, though not saffron in colour are close to it, the sources said.

Even the fleet of 50 buses were saffron coloured .

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AAP to hold protest march to PM’s house on Sunday

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AAP leader Sanjay Singh with party leaders and workers during a protest as they marched towards the Lt Governor’s residence, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi, June 16: AAP leaders and workers will march to the Prime Minister’s residence on Sunday to protest against the lack of response by the Lt Governor and the Centre to the sit-in by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers at the Lt Governor’s house, a party leader said.

“Delhi is all set to launch a mass protest like the one we did which changed its political picture,” Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Pankaj Gupta told the media here on Saturday.

“We have tried all we can, but they are not ready to listen,” he added.

Gupta said not only the party workers, but the common people will also take part in the march that will begin from the Mandi House metro station at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Kejriwal, along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Cabinet ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, has been camping in the Raj Niwas — the official accommodation-cum-office of the Lt Governor — since Monday evening.

They have demanded a direction to the IAS officers working in the Delhi administration to end their undeclared strike, action against officers who have struck work for “four months” and approval to his government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration to the poor.

Sisodia and Jain are on an indefinite hunger strike.

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