CHENNAI: The Income Tax Department has provisionally attached about 11 acres of land owned by VN Sudhakaran, the nephew of late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala, in Siruthavoor village near Chennai under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act. The department also reportedly attached the properties of Sasikala and her relatives in Kodanad near Ooty.
I-T officials declined to comment when contacted for confirming the development. In the order provisionally attaching the 11 acre 53 cents land owned by Sudhakaran, the I-T department has said the action is being taken to prevent him from transferring the property to another person. As per the provisional attachment order, Sudhakaran is restrained from transferring or charging the properties until further orders. Sasikala, Sudhakaran and another of her relatives Illavarasi are in jail after being convicted in a corruption case.
A copy of the provisional order attaching Sudhakaran’s property in Siruthavoor has been sent to Jayalalihtaa’s nephew and niece. In August, the I-T Department is said to have attached 65 properties of Sasikala and her associates. In 2017, the I-T Department had raided 187 properties said to be linked to Sasikala and her relatives and unearthed alleged tax evasion of about Rs 1,430 crore.