Another mysterious death in Tamil Nadu, victim ‘close’ to health minister
The victim is said to be close to state health minister C Vijayabhaskar, who is under the scanner for his alleged role in the disbursement of money in the run-up to the RK Nagar assembly bypoll.Updated: May 09, 2017 08:04 IST
Close on the heels of the alleged murder of two suspects in the killing of a security guard at the Kodanad estate of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, another suspicious death of a person said to be close to state health minister C Vijayabhaskar has sent shock waves across the state.
Police said the man named Subramani was found dead in his farm in Namakkal district.
Police officials described the death as “suspected suicide” but Subramani’s relatives have alleged foul play.
Subramani allegedly consumed pesticide at his coconut farm, and his body was found on a bed in the small room that he built inside the farm.
Farm workers who found Subramani after forcing open the door took him to hospital, where he failed to respond to treatment.
Vijayabhaskar is under the income tax department’s scanner for his alleged role in the disbursement of money in the run-up to the RK Nagar assembly bypoll that was later cancelled.
Documents seized during tax raids, sources said, indicated that a sum of Rs 89 crore was allegedly distributed to many leaders of the AIADMK for disbursal to voters of the constituency.
Subramani’s death is eerily similar to the ‘suicide’ of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former Union telecom minister A Raja.
Batcha, who was found hanging in his home on March 16, 2011, was said to be privy to a lot of Raja’s financial dealings.
First Published: May 09, 2017 08:04 IST