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TN police to question V.K. Sasikala in the Kodanad murder and heist case

- April 20, 2022

Chennai, April 20 (BPNS)

A special police team of the Tamil Nadu Police will be questioning the former interim general secretary of the AIADMK, V.K.Sasiakla in the Kodanad murder and heist case.

The close aide of former Chief Minister late J. Jayalalithaa will be quizzed on Thursday. The 906-acre estate is jointly owned by late J. Jayalalithaa and V.K. Sasikala.

The Kodanad murder and heist case took place on April 24,2017, four months after the passing away of J. Jayalalithaa and the arrest of Sasikala.

According to the charge sheet, C. Kanagaraj who was once the driver of J. Jayalalithaa hatched a conspiracy to break open the Kodanad estate as they believed that huge money was stashed in the estate bungalow. On April 23, 2017, a gang of ten people broke into the estate led by Kanakaraj broke into the estate and killed a guard, Om Bahadhur while another guard Krishna Thapa was beaten and tied.

Police sources said that Kanagaraj had convinced another accused Stayan that an amount of Rs 200 crore was stashed in the estate bungalow but the burglars could get only ten watches and a crystal replica of rhinoceros worth Rs 42000.

Five days after the Kodanad estate heist, Kanagaraj, the main accused was killed in a road accident on the Salem –Chennai highway in Attur. Another accused Sayan from Kerala also met with an accident on the same day but he escaped with injuries while his wife and daughter got killed. Sayan was the second accused in the case.

In July 3, 2017, the computer operator of the Kodanad estate, Dinesh Kumar was found dead in his home leading to five deaths altogether.

Police filed a 300-page charge sheet in September 2017 against 11 people out of which only Kanagaraj was from Tamil Nadu, the rest were from Kerala.

The second accused Sayan and another accused Manoj had given an interview to a journalist stating that the then Chief Minister, Edappadi K. Palaniswami had ordered the break-in of the Kodanad estate to search some important documents.

Three of the accused also moved court seeking the interrogation of  EPS, Sasikala, the then Nilgiris collector, and then district police chief.

AIADMK and Edappadi K. Palaniswami have been coming out strongly stating that the DMK government which was in power in the state was using police to settle scores.

With Sasikala’s interrogation slated for Thursday, the AIADMK camp is in jitters and the possibility of Edappadi K. Palaniswami being called for quizzing by the sleuths is on high.