Probe those be­hind al­le­ga­tions: TMC leader

Terms claims un­founded and wild

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

The Tamil Nadu govern­ment should im­me­di­ately in­ves­ti­gate those who have ac­cused Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami of hav­ing a role in the Ko­danad heist and mur­der case, Tamil Maanila Congress leader and for­mer Ra­jya Sabha MP B.S. Gnanade­sikan said.

In a state­ment, Mr. Gnanade­sikan said the State govern­ment should probe why such al­le­ga­tions and ac­cu­sa­tions had sur­faced, what the con­nec­tion was between for­mer Te­helka manag­ing edi­tor Sa­muel Mathew and Sayan, one of the ac­cused, who took Sayan and V. Manoj, another ac­cused, to Delhi to ad­dress the press meet and who paid for their ex­penses, among other things.

He said that as per Sec­tion 60 of the In­dian Ev­i­dence Act, the claim made by Sayan dur­ing the press con­fer­ence that Kana­garaj (since dead) had li­aised with Mr. Palaniswami would not be ac­cept­able as ev­i­dence.

Cau­tions Op­po­si­tion

He said such “un­founded” and “wild” al­le­ga­tions could be made by any­one, and can dam­age a per­son’s rep­u­ta­tion within min­utes.

He cau­tioned Op­po­si­tion par­ties against try­ing to gain po­lit­i­cal mileage out of these al­le­ga­tions, as it could back­fire if and when they were in power and such claims were made against them.

B.S. Gnanade­sikan

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