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21 Mar 2018, Edition - 981, Wednesday


  • J&K: 2 cops and 2 Army jawans martyred in Kupwara encounter; 4-5 terrorists still holed up
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  • The ₹ 6 Lakh reward will be part of the revised ‘Rehabilitation Policy for Militants
  • 15-year-old girl student commits suicide at her home on Tuesday by hanging herself from a ceiling fan
  • Maharashtra: 5 men linked to ISIS terror outfit arrested by ATS; plot to target Bodhgaya foiled.
  • DMK’s Stalin writes to CMs of 10 states, demanding fiscal autonomy for states
  • Former Maharashtra CM Sushilkumar Shinde speaks on Congress’ U-turn on Lingayats
  • Disruption in Lok Sabha leads to the house being adjourned for the day
  • Ceasefire violations at an all-time high as Pak has violated ceasefire 600 times in nearly 2 months


IT raids on Natham Viswanathan’s houses, Kirtilals

Covai Post Network

Income Tax officials today conducted raids in over 40 places in Tamil Nadu. The raids targeted a former minister, a prominent jeweller and the city Mayor’s son. However officials stated that the exercise was for a routine survey.

According to sources, sleuths of Income Tax department conducted the raids in Dindigul, Madurai and Tiruchi. Those who came under the scanner include former Minister Natham Viswanathan. The search took place at his residence near Ekkatuthangal in the city too.

However, the IT team could not get the required evidence. It is said that the officials were looking for evidence that could establish links with economic offences. The ‘survey’ was conducted on persons who were on the IT list for a while, it is learnt.

City Mayor Saidai Duraisamy’s son Vetri’s house in Sembakkam, which is off the city limits too, was searched by the IT officers.

Jewellery retail outlet Kirtilals was also part of the mass raids, with searches at its offices, shops and its owner’s residence. Popular for its diamond collection, Kirtilals has branches in Madurai, Kochi, Bengaluru, Vishakapatnam, Vijayawada and Hyderabad. The raids are expected to continue for the rest of the day.

Sources said, the raids were not based on a tip off. It is said that the owner of Kirtilals had co-operated with the search team, and had listed all the necessary documents.