The income tax officials inspected at least 50 business and academic locations associated with S Jagathrakshakan, a former Union minister and prominent DMK MP, beginning Thursday morning. The department also searched forty other Saveetha Group locations.
As the searches continued, M K Stalin stated, “This deliberate persecution of opposition leaders is an assault on democracy.”
‘BJP is afraid of opposition unity.’
In a tweet, CM Stalin stated that the arrest of Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh in Delhi and the searches of Jagathrakshakan’s house were clear examples of the exploitation of independent investigating bodies against INDIA bloc leaders. “The BJP is clearly concerned about the growing unity of opposition parties.” It’s time they put an end to this witch hunt and focus on the genuine issues.” Stalin stated. The department did not reveal the purpose for the searches, but sources informed TOI that they would resume on Friday.
They stated that the materials collected on Thursday are being examined. Income tax officials arrived in approximately 50 vehicles and raided Jagathrakshakan’s Adyar apartment, offices in T Nagar and Velachery, The Accord Hotel, Sree Balaji Dental College and Hospital in Pallikaranai, and the Accord distillery near Kancheepuram. Tiruneermalai, Pattabiram, Tambaram, and Puducherry have other properties. His educational institutions, hotels, and brewery were all handed up to the IT department.
Small teams of sleuths arrived to the designated location in more than 50 vehicles, while more than 150 armed reserve personnel were stationed in areas where searches were conducted. Workers and staffers at offices and industries were forced to stay outside or return home in numerous locations after being denied admission. Jagathrakshakan, an MP from Arakkonam, is also a businessman with significant holdings in the health, education, and hospitality sectors. This is not the first time central agencies have attacked the politico-businessman. The Enforcement Directorate seized Rs 89 crore in 2020 for violating FEMA guidelines.