Tamil Nadu

IT raid on Sasikala’s beach resort in Puducherry

S Murari

Income Tax officials on Tuesday conducted a raid on Ocean Spray, a luxury beach resort on the East Coast Road run by Lakshmi Jewellers in Puducherry, a suspected benami of convicted former AIADMK leader V K Sasikala.

Five officials from the IT searched the luxury hotel situated near Marakanam for several hours and seized documents. The raids have closely followed notices issued on Monday to Sasikala and her suspected benamis on provisional attachment of their properties worth Rs 1,500 crore in Chennai, Puducherry ,Coimbatore and elsewhere .

Lakshmi Jewellers in Puducherry is among listed benami assets of Sasikala who is serving a four year sentence in Bengaluru jail following her conviction in the disproportionate assets case in March 2017 by the Supreme Court. The conviction came shortly after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, the first accused in the case, in December2016.