Chennai : The Income Tax Department has unearthed tax evasion of Rs 1,430 crore during its raids/searches spread over five days at the premises of jailed AIADMK leader V.K. Sasikala’s kin and their business associates, an official said on Monday.
“We have found tax evasion of Rs 1,430 crore, as of now. This figure is likely to go up as we have also seized incriminating documents. We have seized Rs 7 crore in cash, and gold jewellery worth around Rs 5 crore,” the senior tax official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
“A lot of diamonds seized have to be evaluated. We have also frozen 15 bank lockers and several bank accounts,” he added.
The search operations resumed on Monday after it was temporarily called off on Sunday. He said the department waited for individuals and companies associated with Sasikala to file their tax returns for the last fiscal, adding that searches were carried out to detect tax evasion based on the filings and the data with the Income Tax Department.
The official said tax demand would be raised after analysing the documents and obtaining clarifications.
The department had summoned Karnataka’s AIADMK leader V. Pugazhendi, whose premises were searched last week. Pugazhendi told reporters that he had been asked to come again a couple of days later, adding that he was extending cooperation to the tax officials.