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I-T searches in TN, K'tka, Kerala; documents seized

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The department today conducted searches at about 80 locations in Tamil Nadu, and in connection with its evasion probe against a group involved in chit fund operations.

Officials said a number of documents have been seized during the raids and lockers and accounts identified even as the searches on the group, identified as Gokulam, and its associates are still continuing.

Efforts to reach the company, based here, over phone or email did not fructify.

No seizures have been made so far, they said.

The raids were conducted at about 43 locations in Tamil Nadu, 29 in and six in apart from few others.

They added that the department was acting on some "vital" inputs on alleged generation of by chit fund or ponzi route and hence the operations were launched early this morning.

The firm is said to be involved in various sectors like education, health care and film production, they said.

Officials made it clear that the action had no political connection within or outside it.

The department here had conducted multiple searches few days back and had raided the premises belonging to Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and others, days before the April 12 bypolls at RK Nagar Assembly constituency, which have now been postponed by the EC after reports of illegal money power being allegedly used to influence the polls.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 21:57 IST