2 who broke into Jay­alalithaa’s Ko­danad bun­ga­low held in Delhi

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

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

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