Jaya TV, Jazz Cinemas, Namadhu MGR offices raided by IT Dept
The Income Tax Department raided the offices of raided the offices of Jaya TV, Jazz Cinemas, Namadhu MGR and other Sasikala family-linked businesses
The Income Tax department raided the offices of Jaya TV, Jazz Cinemas and Namadhu MGR and around 180 other locations across four states early Thursday morning as part of its ‘Operation Clean Money’.
According to media reports quoting tax officials, Jaya TV had made huge investments post demonetisation, floated shell companies and possessed unexplained cash.
Jaya TV is controlled by Divakaran brother of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala and is headed by her nephew Vivek Jayaraman. Both of them are being investigated, according to media reports. In addition to Jaya TV, Jazz cinemas is also owned and operated by Vivek Jayaraman and other members of the family.
Namadhu MGR, the newsprint mouth piece of the AIADMK is reportedly controlled by TTV Dhinakaran. The Jaya TV management had called the decision an assault on independent media. Jaya TV was started by former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in 1999 as a mouthpiece of AIADMK. Eventually, Jaya Network launched other channels including Jaya Plus – a 24 x 7 News and Current affairs channel, Jaya Max – a musical channel and J-Movies a movie channel.
In August, the united AIADMK had passed a resolution to initiate the legal procedures to retrieve and attach party mouthpieces – Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR.
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