The house of lawmaker Kanimozhi, the sister of DMK chief MK Stalin was raided by the Income Tax authorities this evening amid allegations of a huge cash-for-votes racket in Tamil Nadu. Elections for the state’s 39 Lok Sabha seats and 18 assembly seats will be held on Thursday, during the second phase of elections.
Tax raids on opposition leaders have become one of the key issues in the ongoing elections, with most leaders accusing the BJP of targeting political rivals through government agencies.
Today, in a first, election for the Vellore Lok Sabha seat was cancelled following a huge cash haul, allegedly from the house of a DMK candidate.
Around Rs 11.5 crore was seized from a godown linked to Kathir Anand – the son of DMK treasurer Duraimurugan — earlier this month. Kathir Anand is the candidate for the Vellore seat.
The haul was part of Rs. 500 crore illegal cash seized from across the state by the tax authorities.
On March 29, IT officials searched more than four premises linked to DMK treasurer Duraimurugan.
Last week, the Income-Tax Department conducted searches at 18 locations in the state. The list of sites included state capital Chennai, Namakkal and Tirunelveli. Most of the searches were on properties owned by opposition leaders.
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