I-T raid at Durai Murugan’s residence, DMK says it as politically motivated

Income Tax officials raided DMK treasurer Durai Murugan’s residence at Katpadi in Vellore early today morning.

Paranthaman, joint secretary of DMK’s legal wing, said, “A three-member team was present at the house when we returned from the election campaign. When we asked what they had come for, the official said they were from the Income Tax department and wanted to search the house.

However, the search warrants they carried denoted cash movements (flying squad search) under the jurisdiction of Arakkonam parliamentary constituency, and it was not applicable to conducting a search at the house.”

Terming the search as politically motivated, Paranthaman said they were ready to cooperate with the department. “They should provide the search document from Income Tax department”, he said.

The search warrant was carried out for checking cash movements (flying squad search) under the jurisdiction of Arakkonam parliamentary constituency, and it was not applicable to conducting search at the house, he said.

Meanwhile, large number of police have been deployed at the spot. The Election Commission has been leading a crackdown on cash distribution across the state even as the Model Code of Conduct is in place across the country.

In the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, Tamil Nadu has witnessed the highest amount of cash seizures in India.

The raids at Murugan’s premises in Katpadi in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu follow similar action in South Karnataka on leaders associated with the ruling Janata Dal(Secular), triggering a protest led by chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in front the The I-T offices in Bengaluru on Thursday.