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High-End Cars Seized From Sasikala’s Tout Sukesh Chandrasekhar: After the Directorate of Income Tax (Investigation), Karnataka & Goa seized a fleet of imported luxury cars and a Ducati motorbike, another scam of undisclosed assets reportedly linked to the AIADMK (Amma) faction was busted last week.
The officials said they allegedly belong to Sukesh Chandrasekhar. To be recalled, Sukesh is the middlemen who allegedly attempted to bribe the Election Commission over the AIADMK two-leaves symbol for the party (Amma) faction in the Rajendranagar Assembly by poll. He was arrested on April 16 this year by Delhi police.
Two imported luxury vehicles – a Bentley and a Jaguar in Bengaluru along with some valuable personal belongings were seized by the DGIT, Karnataka & Goa on credible information. It was reported that the luxury vehicles belonged to Sukesh. He is an under trial prisoner in Tihar jail, who was brought to Bengaluru last month for a court hearing.
The I-T officials were taken to Kochi, due to the car trail. In between November 8 and 10, the officials found out that by paying Rs 5 crore cash, Sukesh had bought a fleet of cars inclosing a Porsche, a Lamborghini, a Rolls Royce, a Range Rover, a BMW, a Fortuner, a Prado and a Ducati in August, while he was in prison. It was reported that the luxury vehicles were in the custody of Navas, who is a close associate of Sukesh. Later, Navas deposed before the Directorate and stated that all the vehicles belonged to Sukesh.
The original documents of the vehicles and three expensive wrist watches from the location, were seized by the I-T sleuths. The officials were taken to various locations in Kochi by Navas, where the vehicles were parked. "The premises belong to an NRI,” highly placed sources told this newspaper.
The Delhi police received a complaint last month by the DGIT that the police escorts, who were accompanying Sukesh for court hearing had let down their guard after they found Sukesh shopping in a prominent mall in the City. Following the written complaint, the seven policemen were suspended from service.
Following the arrest of Sukesh, Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran was arrested on April 25 in Delhi. It was alleged that Sukesh had taken Rs 50 crore from Dinakaran to help the AIADMK (Amma) faction keep the two leaves symbol and seized Rs 1.30 crore from him. Under the Indian Penal Code, Sukesh was subsequently chargesheeted for various alleged offences.
Last week, undisclosed income of over Rs 1,430 crore from the properties of Sasikala and her kin were unearthed by the Income Tax Department in Tamil Nadu.