Just hours after officials from the income tax department raided his home in Neelankarai, actor Sarathkumar has alleged political vendetta. The All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi leader claimed, that the raids which come a day after he pledged support for AIADMK Amma candidate TTV Dhinakaran, was an attempt to stop him from campaigning.
According to reports, the income tax department conducted raids on 35 places in Tamil Nadu including 20 places in Chennai and others in Pudukkottai, Namakkal, Trichy and Coimbatore. This includes the properties of Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr. C Vijaya Baskar, MGR Medical University VC Dr Geetalakshmi and AIADMK politician Chitlapakkam Rajendran.
Speaking to the media waiting outside his residence, the actor said, â€śThese raids come after I publicly announced support to TTV Dhinakaran. I was supposed to take part in the campaign in RK Nagar today. But I was not allowed to leave by the I-T officials.â€ť He further claimed that this move was a calculated political conspiracy. â€śThere are just three days left to campaign and it is my democratic right. How can these officials stop me?â€ť he asks.
Officials from the I-T Department reportedly arrived at the actorâ€™s resident at around 5.45 am. â€śThey threatened to break the door open if we didnâ€™t let them in. How will we know that I-T officials will come knocking at our door?â€ť the actor asks. â€śThey searched the entire house, checked RADAAN accounts and even accompanied my wife to the bank to check our locker. All this is fine if we had some unaccounted money but there was no such thing,â€ť the actor claims.
The actor claims to have given the officials all required documents, signed papers and cooperated at every step. â€śBut this was all unnecessary. On what basis did they raid my house? Was it after a tip-off or merely to stop me from being part of this election campaign?â€ť he asks.