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IT department attaches properties linked to V.K. Sasikala

Chennai, September 8 (BPNS)

The Income Tax department has seized 11 properties belonging to expelled interim general secretary of AIADMK, V.K.Sasikala and her close relatives TTV Sudhakaran and Ilavarasi, sources said.

24 acres of land belonging to Sasikala and her relatives worth around 100 crore rupees has been seized by the IT department.

The properties spread across 24 acres in Payanoor village in Tamil Nadu was allegedly bought by Sasikala during 1991 and 1996 when Jayalalithaa was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Karnataka Special Court judge, John Michael Cunha had listed these 11 properties as disproportionate assets of Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, and her close relatives Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.

Official sources told IANS that the Land registration department of Tamil Nadu was informed of the attachment and notices have been put outside the properties.

Sasikala and her nephew and close associate TTV Dhinakaran were planning to come back to the AIADMK fold and had a meeting with O. Panneerselvam after his wife Vijayalakshmi passed away in Chennai. 

While Sasikala held the hands of Panneerselvam under full media glare, Dhinakaran attended the funeral of Vijayalakshmi at the ancestral residence of the former Chief Minister, Panneerselvam at Theni in South Tamil Nadu.

There were speculations that Sasikala had entered into a cordial relationship with Panneerselvam at the behest of the powerful Thevar community to which both the leaders belong to.

It has to be seen as to where the politics will move ahead following the IT attachment of Sasikala’s properties which were referred to as her ‘disproportionate assets’ by the  Karnataka Special Court judge in 2014.