Reportedly in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, several high profile politicians and their business associates have been searched and raided by the Income Tax department. Furthermore the flurry of raids prompted several leaders including Chief Ministers Chandrababu Naidu and HD Kumaraswamy to point out that the raids are being done 'selectively' in order to affect the campaign of opposition leaders.
After following a search at the residence of DMK Treasurer Duraimurugan, bundles of currency notes were seized from a cement godown in Vellore in a raid by Income Tax officials on April 1. Meanwhile the godown belonged to local DMK functionary Poonjolai Srinivasan and polling in the constituency has been countermanded and an FIR has been registered against Srinivasan, Damodaran who is believed to be the owner of the godown, and Kathir Anand, who was also the DMK’s candidate for the Lok Sabha from the constituency.
Recently unaccounted cash worth nearly Rs 1.48 crore was recovered from RK Nagar MLA TTV Dhinakaran’s Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) office in Theni district, Tamilnadu on April 16. Moreover Income Tax sleuths searched the residence of DMK's Thoothukudi candidate Kanimozhi on the night of April 16 and after almost two hours of search operations, the I-T officials returned empty-handed from the DMK leader's residence.