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AIADMK seeks CBI probe into death of A Raja aide

Sadiq Batcha committed suicide in March 2011, while an investigation was being carried out in the high-profile 2G spectrum scam

india Updated: Mar 17, 2016 13:38 IST
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Former telecom minister A Raja was named as a key conspirator in the 2G spectrum scam.(HT File)

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has sought a CBI inquiry into the suicide of Sadiq Batcha, a key aide of former Union telecom minister A Raja, during the investigation into the 2G spectrum scam five years ago.

Batcha had committed suicide in March 2011 while a probe was being carried out in the high-profile case – in which Raja, a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader, was named as the key conspirator. The demand for the probe, which comes in the run-up to the Tamil Nadu assembly elections, was made after Batcha’s relatives published an advertisement in a Tamil magazine on his fifth death anniversary.

Sources in the AIADMK alleged that though Batcha had served Raja loyally, his family members were left to fend for themselves after his death. Party spokesperson CR Saraswathi quoted the advertisement as saying: “To repay a loan, you joined forces (with a party) that you should not have and succumbed to treachery.”

Read: ‘No foul play in Batcha death’

She claimed this line went to show that Batcha’s relatives were afraid to say anything against the DMK and the Congress at the time of his death because the two parties were in power at the state and Centre respectively.

There is a fit case for the CBI to conduct an inquiry into the alleged involvement of the DMK in Batcha’s death, Saraswathi added.

A poem published in the AIADMK’s mouthpiece – Dr Namadhu MGR – has also pointed at the DMK’s alleged role in the former aide’s death.

Batcha was the managing director of Green House Promoters, a city-based export firm.

First Published: Mar 17, 2016 13:37 IST