Former Rajya Sabha member N Rajendran was found dead in his car in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district on Wednesday, police said.
Police suspect his death to be a case of suicide.
The 62-year-old Rajendran, who was a Rajya Sabha member as an AIADMK representative from 1995-2001, had parked his car near the new bus stand in Kovilpatti and shot himself around 6 pm, police said.
A native of Kovilpatti, Rajendran joined the DMK later and was the treasurer of the district unit of the party for a few years. In recent times, he had stayed away from politics.
Rajendran is survived by his wife, two daughters and a son. After taking a sabbatical from active politics he was running a marriage hall and a bus service.
According to reports, Rajendran was under pressure as there was trouble in one of his daughter-in-law’s house and after suffering losses in a business recently.
Police have ruled out foul play and claim it was a case of suicide though the reason for the suicide is not known yet. Further investigations are on.