On Friday morning at around 6 am, Income tax officials began searches on many premises belonging to Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar and his relatives in Chennai and other districts. The searches are being conducted in the wake of complaints that he was involved in cash distribution to voters in RK Nagar constituency where a byelection will be held on April 12.
Also, the raids are underway on the premises of actor and All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi leader R Sarathkumar, former AIADMK legislator Chitlapakkam Rajendran and vice-chancellor of Dr MGR Medical University S Geethalakshmi.
It is heard that four complaints have been filed against the minister since the byelection date was announced in RK Nagar.
Further details are still awaited.