The Chennai unit of the DMK on Thursday held a demonstration before the Raj Bhavan in Guindy in busy arterial road in Chennai, demanding a probe into allegation that Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami had links with the burglary and murder in late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s Kodanad estate.
The two-hour demonstration by Chennai district secretaries in response to a call given by party president M K Stalin to protest against Governor Banwarilal Purohit’s inaction on his petition to seek an explanation from the Chief Minister and also order a high-level police enquiry into the charge leveled by K V Sayan and “Walayar” Manoj, two facing charge of burglary and murder, that they acted on the orders of Palanisami passed on to them through Jayalalitha’s car driver Kanakaraj who later died in an accident.
The demonstration came even as former Tehelka editor and current head of Narada News portal Samuel Mathews told reporters after flying into Chennai that he was ready to face any enquiry.
Palanisami, who has filed a criminal defamation case against him in the high court on Wednesday and got an interim injunction barring Mathews from talking to the media,, called him a man of dubious reputation who used journalism as a cloak to indulge in blackmail.
In his suit, Palanisami sought Rs 1.1 crore damages from Mathews, Sayan and Manoj and three co-accused in the dacoity cum murder case.
In a related development, a sessions court in Nilgiris trying the burglary case, on Thursday directed Sayan and Manoj to appear before it on Jan 29 and respond to the police plea for cancellation of conditional bail granted to them.