2 who broke into Jayalalithaa’s Kodanad bungalow held in Delhi
Chennai: A Tamil Nadu police team arrested two people from New Delhi, who broke into former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s Kodanad estate in April 2017, after they gave statements linking the incident to chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami in a video released by a person called Mathew Samuel.
K V Sayan and Walayar Manoj were in Delhi for a press meet when a police team picked them up. The video by Mathew Samuel spoke of five deaths linked to the estate and claimed that the burglary was carried out in order to steal some documents from Jayalalithaa’s place. The series of deaths and the burglary took place in April 2017.
Six people, including Mathew, have now been cited as accused persons in a case registered by the cyber wing. The police action came, officially, in response to a complaint filed by Sathyan, son of AIADMK IT wing office-bearer Rajan Chellappa.
In the video, Sayan said that his co-accused Kanakaraj was in touch with TN CM Palaniswami. Sayan was out on bail soon after he was arrested for the break-in. Sayan alleged that Kanakaraj, who was Jayalalithaa’s former driver, had told him that there was Rs 2,000 crore cash and important documents in the Kodanad bungalow. Sayan also claimed that Kanakaraj had asked him to hire people from outside Tamil Nadu to steal documents from the estate and hand them over to Palaniswami, who Kanakaraj had allegedly met after he was sworn in as chief minister.
In April 2017, a security guard of the Kodanad estate, Jayalalithaa’s retreat home in the Nilgiris, was found dead. During the probe, it was found that Jayalalithaa’s former driver C Kanagaraj and one K V Sayan had allegedly plotted the crime. Police arrested 10 people in connection with the case.
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 suspected case of suicide. Everyone who gave the interview on camera has been included as an accused in the new case.
The arrests were made after they gave statements linking the incident to Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami in a video released by a person called Mathew Samuel