Income tax officials told that the searches were being conducted based on information of concealment of income and evasion of tax. “We have confirmed information about concealment of income and tax evasion. We have been monitoring the activities of the TV channel as well as its senior officials,” said a senior I-T official.Though started by former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Jaya TV, has been controlled by jailed AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s family members, led by her nephew Vivek Jayaraman. The channel has been highly critical of the functioning of the AIADMK government after the unification of the factions led by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and former chief minister O Panneerselvam in August.
Later, I-T officials started searches at Vivek’s residence in the city and Jazz Cinemas owned by Sasikala’s family members.
The searches come at a time when the AIADMK symbol case is pending with the Election Commission. The Sasikala camp is a stumbling block for the EC to defreeze the symbol.