The Nilgiris police on Saturday moved the Sessions court for cancellation of the conditional bail granted to T V Sayan and “Walayar” Manoj, two main accused in the Kodanad estate burgalary and murder case of April 2017.
In the petition before sessions judge P Vadamalai, special public prosecutor Bala Nandakumar sought cancellation of the bail granted to the two on the ground that they were trying to influence the 94 prosecution witnesses.
The judge posted the case January 24 for filing of counter by the two accused.
The move for the police came a day after Chennai Metropolitan Magistrate Saritha enlarged the two on bail in a second case filed against them after they linked Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami with the break-in in a video conversation with Tehelka magazine’s former editor Samuel Mathews. The magistrate rejected the contention of the State that the two had implicated Chief Minister with a view to promoting enmity between groups and causing public unrest.
The magistrate refused to buy this argument and let the two on bail on their executing bonds and furnishing securities of Rs 10,000 each.
The late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s bungalow in Nilgiris was burgled on April 24, 2017but no valuables were stolen except for four watches and crystal paper weights. More serious charge against Sayan is Manoj is they murdered the estate watchman Om Bahadur (50) and seriously injured Krishna Bahadur (37).
The charge-sheet has already filed against the two and eight other accused. Besides Sayan and Manoj, other key accused are Santosh Swamy, Deepu, Sathishan and Uday Kumar, from Thrissur.
Unfazed by the slapping of another case against them, Sayan in an interview to pro-DMK Sun TV, dared Palanisami to order a CBI enquiry if he had nothing to hide.
He said he and Manoj were hired by Kanakaraj, who was car driver of Jayalalitha from 2003 to 2008, to carry out the burglary on the orders of Palanisami to recover after some key documents . Police in their chargesheet have said that Kanakaraj carried out the burglary out of revenge as he was sacked by Jayalalitha.
Sayan said they searched the rooms of Jayalalitha and her aide V K Sasikala in the bungalow. They left the safety lockers untouched but opened the wooden drawers and found three suitcases containing the documents. He did not reveal the nature of the documents.
He also alleged that Rafeeq, the driver of a Maruti car from Bengaluru which knocked down and killed Nagaraj in Athur near Salem, was a native of Thimmampatti in the same district from which Palanisami also hails. The accident happened on April 29, five days after the break-in.
Sayan said his own car was involved in a crash near Palakkad the next day. Sayan’s wife and daughter died in that crash which he claimed was not an accident. Photos showed the front portion of the blue Marurti car was in mangles and police said that it rammed into a parked truck on the highway near Palakkad.
Tamil Nadu police said it was the same car Sayan used to take the other accused to Nilgiris for the burglary.
Sayan also alleged that Nilgiris district superintendent of police Murali Rambha had been pressuring him to retract the charge against the Chief Minister.