New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The Income Tax Department Tuesday launched searches at 74 places in Tamil Nadu in connection with a tax evasion probe against some real estate groups and a retail store chain in the state, officials said. Also Read - Chinese President Would Have Been Wearing Made-in-India Shirts If Our Workers Were Strong, Says Rahul Gandhi

They said the raids are being carried out in state capital Chennai and two places in Coimbatore against two realty groups and premises of retail chain Saravana stores, they said. Also Read - Elephant Dies After Being Set on Fire by Tamil Nadu Resort Workers, Horrific Act Caught on Camera

The premises of Saravana group business owner Yogirathinam Pondurai are also being covered as part of the action, they said. Also Read - Sasikala Tests Positive For Coronavirus in Second RT-PCR Test, Shifted to Intensive Care

A total of 74 places are being covered as part of the raids and a team of 70 tax officials are undertaking the operation with police assistance, they added.

The department had last month conducted large-scale raids on a number of popular eateries of the state including Saravana Bhawan outlets.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.