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I-T searches not politically motivated Sasikalas nephew Vivek Jayaraman says

India November 14(IM): Jaya TV managing director and AIADMK leader V K Sasikala's nephew Vivek Jayaraman on Tuesday refuted allegations that searches on his premises that had lasted for five days had been carried out with a political motive.

"As far as I know, they (searches) don't seem to be so (politically motivated)," he told reporters near his Mahalingapuram residence here.

Incidentally, his cousin, TTV Dhinakaran, had accused the I-T department of playing in the hands of the BJP-led central government. Dhinakaran had said the searches by a team of 1,800 officers drawn from different states was politically motivated.

According to officials, the searches in the properties of Sasikala family members revealed Rs 1,430crore worth unaccounted wealth.

Vivek said he had been managing the affairs of Jaya TV since March this year and Jazz Cinemas from 2015.

On Monday night, I-T officials took Vivek to the investigation office at Nungambakkam in Chennai and questioned him.

"The officials queried about the documents of these companies, and I offered explanation in detail. Besides, they questioned about the jewels given to my wife during our wedding. I will submit the relevant accounts in the next two-three days," he said.I-T sleuths had searched 188 properties, including his sister, Krishna Priya's residence at T Nagar since Thursday. Vivek's mother, Ilavarasi Jayaraman is one of the convicts in a disproportionate assets case involving late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and others.

Vivek said, "The department has done its duty, and I have done mine by replying. I am ready to answer when I am called for in the coming days and months."

What did I-T officials seize from his properties? "There were documents of companies, general accounts and so on. They questioned me about those papers. Since we are into film distribution, there were queries bout agreements as well. We gave clear answers," Vivek said.

He said whoever earned through illegal means would have to pay the tax. "I am very clear about that. It is our duty to do that (pay tax). Whoever commits, you or ministers or I, we are liable," he said, pleading not to make the searches a big issue.

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