IT, EC raids on DMK leader Murugan’s house

 Officials of the Income Tax and Election Commission departments have been conducting a raid since last night at the residence of DMK treasurer Durai Murugan, at Katpadi in Vellore. Other places that are being raided include Kingston Engineering College and Durai Murugan B.Ed college in Katpadi.

Paranthaman, joint secretary of DMK’s legal wing reportedly said that a three-member team from the Income Tax Department were present at the residence when DMK members came home after an election campaign. When asked about why they had come for, the IT Department officials informed that they wanted to search the house.

“However, the search warrant they carried denoted cash movements (flying squad search) under the jurisdiction of Arakkonam parliamentary constituency, and it was not applicable to conducting a search at the house,” added Paranthaman.

The tax officials along with personnel from the election flying squad arrived late last night at the residence of the DMK treasurer and conducted searches early on Saturday morning.

Soon the advocate and the DMK members turned away the IT department officials for failing to produce proper documents to search the house. An argument erupted between the two groups after Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax Vijay Deepan reached the spot.

The officials went to the house to raid the place based on Article 131 of IT Act. However, the DMK advocate clarified the point in article 131 which refers to summoning a person and giving them time to raid the place. A large number of police officials were deployed at the spot for security reasons.

 The DMK has fielded Duraimurugan’s son, D M Kathir Anand, from the Vellore seat for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Duraimurugan alleged that the raids were a “conspiracy” by some political leaders who could not face them in the electoral arena. “They (tax officials) have gone with the understanding that we have nothing (to hide),” he told reporters.

The DMK leader also questioned the timing of the raid. “This is not the time to hold searches, be it tax or other authorities when we are in the midst of full-fledged election campaign,” he said.

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