Senior DMK leader and former Union Minister A Raja has added another dimension to the Kodanad mystery by alleging that on the night of April 23, 2017 when burglars broke into late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s bungalow in the 900-acre estate in the Nilgiris, there was no power supply and CCTV cameras were switched off.
In a statement, he has said that the estate had a separate line to the estate to ensure uninterrupted power supply.” Also all CCTV cameras across the sprawling estate were switched off during the crime”, he claimed .
What added credence to his charge was the fact that the estate employee in charge of the CCTV camera maintenance Dinesh Kumar was found dead shortly after the burglary and police closed it as a case of suicide.
Raja said would move the court for a special investigation team to go into the issue particularly the role of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami in the incidents.
The 16-minute video released by former Tehelka editor Samuel Mathews has testimonies of Sayan and Manoj, besides Dinesh’s father. Sayan and”Walayar” Manoj, facing trial, say they were hired by Kanakaraj to carry out the burglary. They say it was Kanakaraj who told them that he had been asked by Edappadi Palanisami to break into the bungalow and get some documents. They also claim they managed to retrieve the key documents, including hard disks and a pen drives.
As Kanakaraj has since died in an accident soon after the burgalary, the hearsay evidence of Sayan and Manoj will have little credibility even if there is to be an independent probe.
Further more, the two have not said anything about the content of these documents. It will be known only if whoever ordered the operation got the documents before Kanakaraj died.