Income Tax raids targets Natham Viswanathan and Saidai Duraisam
CHENNAI: Following a tip off about acquisition of wealth beyond known sources of income, teams of officials from the Income Tax investigation wing raided residences and offices of Natham R Viswanathan in Chennai, Madurai and Dindigul," The raids began in the morning and continued well past evening.
Income tax officials raided 45 premises belonging to former state power and excise minister Natham R Viswanathan, Chennai mayor Saidai Duraisamy's son Vetri Duraisamy, Kirthilal Jewellers and Meenakshi Mission Hospital group on Monday.
A few hours after the raids began at Viswanathan's establishments, AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa removed him from all party posts.
"Viswanathan has also been removed from the posts of organising secretary and party spokesperson," Jayalalithaa said in a brief statement, without detailing the charges. Viswanathan lost the assembly polls in May in Athoor constituency. However, the party high command made him organising secretary and party spokesperson in June.
Income Tax teams raided the house of Vetri Doraisamy at Tambaram. "Vetri is the director or partner of many companies which deal in energy-related equipment and marine products. The department received reliable information about Vetri's business activities and our teams raided his residence in Tambaram," said the official.
In Madurai, raids were carried out in the hospital owners' houses. "The raids were conducted in the houses of hospital chief.
Some documents and floating assets were seized from the premises raided today. The total value and the nature of documents seized will be evaluated in the coming days," said the official.