The Income Tax Department on Wednesday attached another sprawling Old Mahabalipuram Road property belonging to the VK Sasikala clan on Wednesday. The property, a farm in Payyanur on OMR, was once owned by famous film music director Gangai Amaran whom he was forced to sell to Sasikala in 1994.
Sasikala had great faith in former CM and late AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa. After spending four years in prison in Bengaluru in a disproportionate case, in which Jayalalithaa was also convicted, Sasikala is now back in Chennai at the head of a dissident faction of AIADMK.
The property includes land that once belonged to the music director, sources said.
Last October, the IT department attached the Siruthavur farm to the name of J Ilavarasi and VN Sudhakaran, parents of Sasikala and Kodanad Estate owned by Sasikala.
Notice from the IT department at the entrance to the property
Gangai Amaran had said earlier that Baskaran, son of Sasikala’s sister, Vanitha, had taken him to the Poes Garden residence in Jayalalithaa at that time. There he met Sasikala, who told him that the Chief Minister had visited the land of Payyanur and loved it very much, and that she was very interested in buying it. Gangai Amaran said the house was not for sale.
Although he and his family members were unwilling to sell the land, they were forced to sell it in October 1994 for Rs 13.1 lakh.
The tax department official said these properties were purchased by the three because they were Benamis of Jayalalitha.
Earlier last year, the Income Tax Service pegged a total of 84 properties, in two phases, with a total value of over Rs 1,900 crore owned by Sasikala and his relatives.
Income tax officials read the notice to Sasikala before seizing his property from OMR on Wednesday.
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