The DMK president and Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin on Sunday said his party would take up with the President and State Governor the charge levelled by a former Tehelka journalist Sameul Mathews that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami was behind the burgalary in late Chief Minister Jayalalitha’s Kodanad estate which triggered multiple deaths.
In a statement, he also said his party would also move the high court to get a special court-monitored enquiry into the issue. Dismissing as unconvincing the assertion by Palanisami that he had nothing to do with the Kadanad incidents, Stalin asked him whether he was ready to face a judicial probe.
A Chief Minister facing a murder charge should not continue in office and he should resign and wait for his name to be cleared.
Supporting Stalin’s demand, Indian Union Muslim League national president, Prof Khadar Moideen, said the Governor should seek an explanation from the Chief Minister. He also said the Chief Minister should hand over the Home portfolio he was holding to another Minister to ensure a fair investigation.
Vettrivel, a supporter of rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran and one of the disqualified legislators, has said in an interview that as the Chief Minister is implicated, the case should be investigated by Kerala police.
He also disclosed it was Palanisami who recommended to Jayalalitha to hire Kanakaraj as her driver 20 years ago. He said Kanakaraj and Palanisami were both natives of Salem district.
Vettrivel asked how could any burglar dare to break into former Chief Minister’s estate bungalow unless he had official patronage. Vettrivel said that after the murky happenings in the estate, he met the Director-General of Police and that the police chief assured him that a fair probe would be conducted to get at the truth. But it had not happened.”Therefore, the case should be entrusted to police from Kerala or Karnataka”, he demanded.
As for Mathews’ charge that the burglars were after the dossiers kept by Jayalalitha on senior leaders, Vettrivel said she had list of benami properties of all the Ministers and other AIADMK functionaries and it was this which might perturbed them to attempt a break-in after her death.