Income Tax officials conducted raids at Jaya TV office in Chennai this morning. The raids began at 6 AM by a team of officials from the investigation department at the office of the TV Channel which was once the official mouth piece of AIADMK. Teams have also rushed to the residences of the dominant shareholders of the Channel, TTV Dinakaran, Vivek and Pugazhendi at Chennai and Bengaluru.
As per information received, started by late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Jaya tv played a vital role of the AIADMK not only as a news channel but also as an entertainment channel playing movies of the matinee idols MGR and Jayalalithaa. Box office busters of the duo which was aired during election period had a sizeable number of viewership of the party workers and also the public.
The Channel came to the control of V.K.Sasikala after Jayalalithaa’s death. Family members of Sasikala, particularly her nephew Vivek Jayaraman took up the reigns of the Channel. After becoming factions, the Channel was critical of the functioning of the present Edappadi Government. Political commentators say that it was crucial time for the party even as the allocation of the two leaves symbol of the AIADMK also figuring in the Jaya TV brand is pending with the Election commission.