With just four days to go before the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, the Income Tax department searched the residence of DMK chief MK Stalin’s son-in-law V Sabareesan, a key DMK strategist and adviser to the leader.

The search started at around 8 am and has been going on throughout the day. The searches were also held at eight other places owned by Sabareesan and his associates, sources said.

‘Won’t be scared’

PTI reports: The DMK on Friday condemned the Central government for ‘searches’ and alleged it has a ‘political objective.’

Party general secretary, Duraimurugan said when parties were on the verge of completing the campaign and looked forward to the day of polling, the income tax searches in the residence of Senthamarai, daughter of his party chief Stalin was done with a ‘political objective.’ Income tax officials neither confirmed nor denied the searches.

The Centre has made a ‘wrong calculation’ that raids just ahead of the election would shock Stalin, his family and the party and also weaken poll preparations, he claimed while speaking to reporters here.

“The DMK is not a party that can be scared by such searches,” he said, adding the party had already faced similar instances and it would not be deterred.

Only recently, tax searches were held in the premises linked to party leader AV Velu and now searches have been conducted in the residence of Senthamarai and the union government pursuing such a tactic was neither ‘democratic’ nor ‘honest politics’ and ‘I condemn’ this, he said.