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Close to 317 bank accounts linked to Sasikala checked
by Nirmala Joseph November 11, 2017
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CHENNAI: The sweeping Income Tax raids which began on Thursday at places connected to sidelined Anna DMK leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran across Tamil Nadu and elsewhere continued on Friday also.

The inspection continued in 147 locations with more than 355 people under scanner.

Income Tax sources said close to 317 bank accounts of Sasikala’s friends and relatives are being checked. The raids might continue till Monday.

The searches are being carried out by 1,800-plus staff members panning out to various locations. On Thursday, the teams arrived in vehicles that carried a wedding party’s disguise.

The I-T department has also began opening lockers in banks.

State Minister D. Jayakumar said that the Income Tax department conducts raids based on gathered information, and denied the state government had a role in them.

Rain is back in Tamil Nadu after two days of dry weather that had brought some relief to flooded areas. A cyclonic circulation that formed over Gulf of Mannar brought showers again. The Met Department said two other low pressure areas are also prevailing over the bay, increasing chances of rainfall.

“A cyclonic circulation has been formed over Gulf of Mannar,” the Met said. “Yesterday’s low pressure area over south Andaman sea and adjoining Malay peninsula has moved towards the Indian coast and is lying over southeast Bay of Bengal. Also another upper air cyclonic circulation is prevailing over northeast Bay of Bengal. So, heavy rain is likely to occur in some places of coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, including Chennai from today till Monday. On Sunday, the city may witness heavy rain.” It added: “Fog is likely to occur at a few places over the hill ranges of Nilgiris and Dindigul districts.” The western ghats locations are experiencing all-time low temperatures and fog. The showers have cooled Chennai and many other parts of Tamil Nadu.

The Met said the sky is likely to be generally cloudy. Rain or thundershower is likely to occur in some areas. “Maximum and minimum temperatures were 31.2 and 23.4 degrees Celsius. Temperatures witnessed a rise of about 1 degree Celsius from normal. Relative humidity was quite high at 92 per cent.” It said Thuckalay recorded a maximum rainfall of 5 cm since Thursday, followed by Mylaudy which recorded 4 cm. Ambasamudram recorded 3 cm.

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