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Kodanad murder and heist case: Police likely  to question Edappadi K. Palaniswami

- April 23, 2022

Chennai, April 23 (BPNS)

The Kodanad murder and heist case that had rocked the state of Tamil Nadu is taking a different turn with the special police team likely to quiz former Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami.

However, sources in the police told BPNS that the dates of the quizzing have not been finalized and the team will decide on it in the days to come after corroborating with the evidence received in the earlier investigation.

Former interim general secretary of the AIADMK, V.K.Sasikala was quizzed for ten hours at her T- Nagar residence for two consecutive days on April 21, 22.

After the interrogation, Sasikala has in a press statement called upon stringent action against the perpetrators of the crime.

It may be noted that a gang had barged into the 906-acre Kodanad estate jointly owned by former Chief Minister, late J. Jayalalithaa and her close aide and former interim general secretary of AIADMK, V.K. Sasikala.

The burglary occurred on April 23, 2017, four months after the passing away of Jayalalithaa. Sasikala was then lodged at the Bengaluru central prison in a case related to disproportionate assets case.

During the burglary an estate guard, Om Bahadhur was killed and another guard Krishna Thapa was severely beaten and his hands and feet tied. The gang, according to police had decamped with ten watches and one crystal memento of Rhinoceros costing 42000 rupees.

Five days after the incident in a sudden turn of events, the first accused Kanagaraj who was the former driver of Jayalalithaa died in a road accident, and on the same day, the second accused Sayan had an accident at Palakkad in Kerala. In the accident, Sayan survived with injuries, but his wife and daughter died. Three months later a computer operator of the Kodanad estate, Dinesh Kumar committed suicide at his home.

Sayan and two others had petitioned the Madras High Court for a reinvestigation into the case and the Tamil Nadu government constituted a special team to probe the case. The accused had in the petition requested Madras high court to probe the role of Sasikala and Edappadi K. Palaniswami in the case.