Ko­danadu Es­tate case: EPS says all al­le­ga­tions base­less

Sunday Express - - TAMIL NADU -

They are base­less and strin­gent le­gal ac­tion would be taken against those who made them. The po­lice will take fur­ther steps in ac­cor­dance with law

Edap­padi K Palaniswami

STOUTLY deny­ing as base­less the al­le­ga­tions made by an ed­i­tor of a Delhi-based news agency, re­gard­ing Ko­danadu Es­tate rob­bery at­tempt in April, 2017, Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami on Satur­day said “Those who have no guts to face us po­lit­i­cally alone have re­sorted to such short­cuts. I lodged a com­plaint with State po­lice on Fri­day night it­self. Those who are be­hind this move will be brought to light soon.”

An­swer­ing queries of re­porters, he said “There is not an even an iota of truth in the al­le­ga­tions made against me.”

“Ten per­sons were ar­rested in the rob­bery at­tempt at Ko­danadu Es­tate and the trial is on in the court. The ac­cused have ap­peared be­fore the court 22 times in the past a year and a half. They did not make such al­le­ga­tions be­fore the court, but now they are lev­el­ling some al­le­ga­tions with a view to di­vert­ing the case. The next hear­ing of the case is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary 22,” the Chief Min­is­ter said and pointed out that many cases have al­ready been filed against these ac­cused on charges un­der POCSO Act, im­per­son­ation, cheat­ing, theft and act­ing as mer­ce­nar­ies.

“Whether there is an ef­fort to di­lute the case against the ac­cused or some per­sons who have po­lit­i­cal an­i­mos­ity against the AIADMK gov­ern­ment tried to ma­lign its im­age, will be found out,” he said. Mean­while, AIADMK IT wing sec­re­tary Raj Satyan filed a com­plaint with Chennai Cy­ber Crime Cell against the al­le­ga­tions by the ed­i­tor.

Cy­ber­crime divi­sion of Chennai po­lice has booked the ed­i­tor of a Delhi-based news agency and five more peo­ple for re­leas­ing the doc­u­men­tary on a se­ries of deaths in Ko­danad Es­tate af­ter the demise of for­mer CM J Jay­alalithaa.

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