Criminals shouldn’t rule: Kamal Haasan attacks AIADMK over I-T raids

‘Let us wake up and arise,’ says the actor to the people of Tamil Nadu and asks them to turn judges.
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Chennai: Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who has been in news for his expected debut in politics, has attacked Tamil Nadu’s ruling party AIADMK over last week’s income tax raids at properties linked to VK Sasikala, her family members, and at former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai.

“Theft by a government is a crime. Not proving after unravelling, isn’t it a crime too?” Haasan tweeted.
“Examination bell has gone. Criminals should not rule…People should turn judges. Let us wake up and arise. People should act. People should get the republic (state) function,” he added.
The Income Tax (I-T) department is said to have unearthed 1,430 crore unaccounted income from raids last week.

On Friday night, I-T officials conducted searches at the Poes Garden residence of Amma, who died in December 2016. They reportedly seized a laptop, a desktop and six pen drives from the office of Jayalalithaa’s secretary and two rooms used by Sasikala, when she lived with the former chief minister.
Sasikala, who is serving a four-year jail sentence in the Rs 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case, was sidelined by the AIADMK when Chief Minister E Palanisamy shook hands with O Panneerselvam and took over the party.

Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran blamed the raids on Palanisamy and Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam.

Haasan has been mulling to launch his own political party. All eyes and ears were on Haasan’s big birthday announcement on November 7 but the actor quashed all hopes and did not announce his party. Instead, he announced the soon-to-be-launched whistelblower app, “maiyamwhistle”, which the public and his fans could use to expose wrongdoings and shortcomings of the government.

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