Chennai/ New Delhi:
Eleven properties linked to expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala have been seized by the Income Tax Department, sources said today. The properties spread across 24 acres in Payanoor village of Tamil Nadu were reportedly brought between 1991 and 1996 when Jayalalithaa was the Chief Minister.
A 2014 judgment by former Karnataka Special Court Judge John Michael Cunha lists these 11 properties as “disproportionate assets” of Jayalalithaa, her close aide Sasikala and Sasikala’s relatives – Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran.
Based on the judgment, the tax department has attached the properties under the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, sources said.
While the state’s Land Registration Department has been informed, attachment notices have been put outside the properties, officials added.
VK Sasikala can continue to use these properties but she cannot carry out any transaction.
The 67-year-old leader was released from prison earlier this year after serving a four-year jail term for corruption.
She returned from Bengaluru to a grand welcome by her supporters.
She had taken over as AIADMK chief soon after Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, and made an abortive attempt at taking the post of Chief Minister when she was convicted for corruption by the Supreme Court in a case in which Jayalalithaa was also accused. She was also expelled from the AIADMK.
She recently met former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam after his wife Vijayalaskshmi died at a Chennai hospital. It was their first meeting in four years after OPS had rebelled against her.