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DMK asks Guv to ease out CM for "fair" Kodanad estate probe

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

: Upping the ante on the 2017 Kodanad estate heist video clip, Monday urged Banwarilal Purohit to direct K to resign from his post to ensure a free and fair probe into the matter.

The main opposition party demanded probe by a Special Investigation Team, comprising officers of the rank of of Police and further investigation into the "mysterious death" of alleged key conspirator

The related case is before the District and Sessions Judge,

The urged Purohit to "immediately, direct Chief Minister K Palaniswami, to demit the office to pave the way for a fair and impartial investigation into the matter."

On January 11, a former had released a 16-minute video clip in Delhi, alleging that had links to a break-in at Kodanad estate in 2017.

Palaniswami, refuting the allegations, had said on Saturday that those who were unable to take on AIADMK politically were resorting to such cheap acts and asserted that a probe would expose their identity.

In a memorandum to Purohit, M K urged him to place the facts related to the Kodanad matter before for necessary Constitutional measures.

"The listened with rapt attention, went through our memorandum in detail and assured us that he would do whatever action was possible from his end," told reporters after calling on Purohit at the Raj Bhavan here.

In case the does not act on the memorandum, the would approach the and was ready to pursue legal measures, said.

The Kodanad estate in the hilly District was used by the late J for both official and residential purposes during her tenure as

On Palaniswami's remark that the episode was a politically motivated attempt by "somebody" who was acting from behind the scenes and that their identity would be exposed after the police probe, Stalin said "there is no need for anyone to act from behind."


The said he was openly talking about the issue and also does not feel that somebody was pulling the strings from behind.

"The nation knows well that had functioned as the camp office of late where even government related files had been there," he said.

On April 23, 2017 late night, a group of men, including prime accused -who later died in a road mishap- barged into the Kodanad Estate after assaulting two guards.

One of them, identified as Om Bahadur, died.

They had smashed the bungalow's window panes and searched three rooms and finding no expensive articles and money, decamped with ornamental things and watches.

Two suspects in the case, K V and had levelled the charge (which was dismissed as false and defamatory by the AIADMK as well), linking to the break in the clip that was released in

Kanakaraj, days after the break in had died in a road mishap on April 28, 2017 and Chief Minister Palaniswami had told the Assembly in 2017 July that there was no suspicion about that accident based on the police "probe done so far."

There was no doubt as well in regard to another road accident at the next day (April 29, 2017) involving another suspect Sayan, he had said. In that mishap, while survived, his wife and child died.

According to the DMK petition and Samuel, a man who had worked at the estate had allegedly committed suicide in July, 2017.

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First Published: Mon, January 14 2019. 21:10 IST
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