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Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

Twist in Jayalalithaa’s Kodanad estate case, 2 suspects meet with accidents

The estate, spread over 900 acres in the Nilgiris, was a retreat often used by Jayalalithaa for rest and treatment.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2017 23:53 IST
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 after a cardiac arrest.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 after a cardiac arrest.(PTI File)

The mystery surrounding the midnight break-in at a Kodanad estate owned by late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa turned murkier after two suspects in the case met with accidents.

While S Kanagaraj, a former driver of Jayalalithaa, died in an accident at Attur near Salem, a few hours later, his accomplice Sayan was seriously injured in another accident at Palakkad in Kerala on Saturday morning.

Sayan, shifted to a Coimbatore hospital, was taken into custody and his statement was recorded by a judicial magistrate.

The murder of a security guard, two accidents and robbery at the Kodanad estate of Jayalalithaa indicate to a much deeper and bigger criminal conspiracy, which police are investigating.

Preliminary investigations point towards suspected theft of several property related documents, whose value is expected to be in hundreds of crores.

Interrogation of eight suspects picked up from Kerala is being carried out at an undisclosed location in Coimbatore. Police are tightlipped about investigations, but sources indicate that they suspect involvement of one or more AIADMK leaders.

Clearly, the burglary and the two ghastly road accidents point to some sinister criminal activity.

Senior BJP leader H Raja told media persons that “in the whole episode the poor security guard died. The government should give a compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the members of the bereaved family”.

First Published: Apr 29, 2017 23:24 IST

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