In a major embarrassment for the EK Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu, the Income Tax Department personnel raided multiple properties of Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, here on Friday.
The searches come days before the crucial by-poll to the R K Nagar constituency, which was held by the late J Jayalalithaa. The department is also conducting searches at the residence of actor-turned-politician Sarath Kumar who had voiced his support for TTV Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK leader Sasikala.
According to reports, the I-T department officials said in all 32 locations in the state, including 21 in Chennai, were raided. Sources added that the raids began around 6 am when close to 100 officials landed up at the minister’s house.