<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After detecting undisclosed income of Rs1,430 crore from the simultaneous searches at 187 premises connected to jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s kin and their associates, Income Tax department officials are planning to question her and her sister-in-law Ilavarassi in Bengaluru prison. Both Sasikala and Ilavarassi are undergoing a four-year imprisonment in Bengaluru jail after being convicted in former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case in February this year by the Supreme Court.In the massive multi-city search operation that lasted for five days till Monday, the IT officials unearthed incriminating documents revealing undisclosed investments to the tune of Rs 1,430 crore, Rs 7 crore cash, Rs five crore worth gold and diamonds from the premises connected the AIADMK leader’s kin and their associates.The I-T officials said that they were planning to approach the appropriate court to get its permission to question Sasikala and Ilavarassi on the tax evasion. “In the course of our investigation, we will question them,” the official said.I-T officials questioned Ilavarassi’s son Vivek Jayaraman who is MD of Jaya TV and CEO of Jazz Cinemas and her daughters Krishnapriya and Shakila on the documents seized from their premises and their source of income for the investments made by them.Sasikala, a long-time aide of late Jayalalithaa, was enjoying enormous power in the AIADMK government. After the electrocution of her husband Jayaraman in Jayalalithaa’s farm in Hyderabad in 1990, Ilavarassi along with her three children were brought to stay in late Chief Minister’s Poes Garden residence.Sources said that Vivek was supposedly taking care of all the business dealings of Sasikala’s family. Vivek rose to prominence in November 2015 when his Jazz Cinemas acquired Luke Cinemas, the 11screen multiplex owned by SPI Cinemas in the Phoenix Mall in Velacherry here. It was alleged that SPI Cinemas popularly known as Sathyam Cinemas was coerced into selling their multiplex at the mall to Vivek who later renamed it as Jazz Cinemas. IT officials said that all his business transaction including the dealings of Jazz Cinemas. Three staffs of Jazz Cinemas appeared before the IT officials for the questioning on Tuesday.


I-T officials likely to question Sasikala in prison