As a special teams from the Cyber Crime Branch of the Tamil Nadu reached New Delhi on Sunday to interrogate and if necessary to arrest former Tehelka managing editor Samuel Mathews, the journalist reiterated that he had enough evidence to prove that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami was behind the break-in into late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s Kodanad estate and the mysterious five deaths that followed.
Talking to reporters, Mathews said he was ready to provide video evidence to the Tamil Nadu police and submit himself to any fair investigation. Sayan, from Palakkad who was arrested along with nine others, said he came to know that Palanisami was behind the burgalary from Jayalalitha’s former car driver Kanakaraj who later died in a road accident.
Kanagaraj and Sayan’s wife and daughter were killed in separate road accidents during the probe, even as estate’s CCTV operator Dinesh Kumar was found dead, in a case of suspected suicide.
The burglars killed estate watchman Kim Bahadur Thapa and injured another watchman while breaking in. It was the injured watchman who helped the police identify the burlgars.
Sayan said he was cooperating with the on-going trial in which charge-sheet has been filed in a sessions court. He said he came out on conditional bail and came to Delhi after the trial court relaxed the condition.
His co-accused Manoj said he hoped the Kerala police would give them protection. Mathew said so far no one form the Tamil Nadu police had telephoned or otherwise contacted him.
The special team went to Delhi to question Mathews and others following a complaint lodged by the AIADMK IT wing chief Rajan Sathya with the Crime Branch CID.