TN seeks ar­rest of jour­nal­ist who ac­cused CM

The Gulf Today - - ASIA - BY NIR­MALA JOSEPH

CHEN­NAI: Tamil Nadu has sent six spe­cial po­lice teams to Dehi to chase a top jour­nal­ist who ac­cused Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi Palaniswami of links to a rob­bery at late chief min­is­ter J. jay ala lit ha a’ s bun­ga­low inkod an ad, Nil­giris.

The po­lice teams seek to ar­rest Sa­muel Mathew, for­mer manag­ing ed­i­tor of Te­helka, who re­leased a video which he claims proves the com­plic­ity of the chief min­is­ter in the crime. Mathew would be in­ter­ro­gated and ar­rested if need be, state po­lice sources said.

Mathew as­serted on Sun­day that the video was brought out after thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion by his team. “I’m ready to face any case against me,” he said.

Palaniswami has re­jected the charge, but leader of op­po­si­tion MK Stalin said on Sun­day the charges look cred­i­ble.

The ac­cused per­sons in the case have pointed in­gers at Palaniswami, who has how­ever re­sponded by call­ing the charge po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated.

“Po­lice case had been iled in the mat­ter and that strong ac­tion would be taken against those who re­leased the video,” he said.

But Stalin said Palaniswami hasn’t an­swered the points raised by Mathew.

“Yes­ter­day, Edap­padi (Palaniswami) met the re­porters but couldn’t re­spond to any al­le­ga­tions raised by Mathew. He’s crouch­ing, sug­gest­ing he was the one be­hind all these deaths. He did not re­fute any of the al­le­ga­tions put forth by Mathew. He just said that the case is in progress and that this was a po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy,” Stalin said.

He said peo­ple have a right to know the sta­tus of Rs20 bil­lion that was at the Ko­danad es­tate.

In April 2017, the se­cu­rity guard of the Ko­danad es­tate was found dead. It emerged dur­ing the probe that jay ala lit ha a’ s ex-driver Kana­garaj and one Sayan had al­legedly plot­ted the mur­der and break-in.

Ten peo­ple were ar­rested in the case, and a charge-sheet was iled later.

Later, how­ever, Kana­garaj and Sayan’s wife and daugh­ter were killed in sep­a­rate road ac­ci­dents dur­ing the probe, even as an­other em­ployee of the prop­erty was found dead, in a case of sus­pected sui­cide.

Mathew has recorded the ac­cused. One of them says in the video that the crime was or­dered by Palaniswami to re­trieve im­por­tant doc­u­ments from the es­tate.

The rul­ing Anna DMK’S IT wing ofice-bearer Ra­jan Sathya had lodged a com­plaint against Sa­muel Mathew at the Chen­nai Cen­tral Crime Branch.

Cases were reg­isted against Sa­muel and his sub­or­di­nates. Po­lice said sum­mons would be is­sued to them.

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