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IT department set to interrogate Sasikala in disproportionate assets case


The Income Tax (IT) department is all set to interrogate former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala in disproportionate assets (DA) case.

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Notably, the IT department will question Sasikala in prison on December 13 and 14 in connection with the searches carried out in November last year during which tax sleuths seized various documents from Poes Garden, which was the residence of late Jayalalithaa. IT sleuths searched the office of Jayalalithaa’s long-time personal secretary Poongundran as well as the room of Sasikala, recovering key documents.

Sasikala is currently lodged in Bengaluru’s Parappana Agrahara jail. The latest development comes a few days after a special Enforcement Directorate (ED) court issued a warrant to produce Sasikala before it in a Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violation case.

ED had earlier booked Sasikala and her relative V Bhaskaran for allegedly purchasing equipment for a TV channel in 1996 from a foreign country where they apparently routed payments via illegal means. She was supposed to appear before the court on November 30. However, the prison authorities reportedly failed to produce her due to her health reasons.

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