CM denies murder charges, says rivals behind allegations

CM denies murder charges, says rivals behind allegations

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami Saturday denied any links with the murder of a security guard and break-in at late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu estate bungalow in 2017, as claimed in a video release by Tehelka former Editor and said legal action would be taken against those involved in publishing such false information.

Referring to journalist Samuel Mathew releasing the video in Delhi on Friday, in which the accused allegedly linked the CM to the break-in, Palaniswami denied his
involvement.

Speaking to reporters, he said, “yesterday former Tehelka editor Samuel Mathews had released a video which links me to an incident that happened in Amma’s Kodanadu estate on April 24, 2017. This is completely contrary to facts and there is no iota of truth in it.”

Stating that there was absolutely no truth in the information shown in the video released by former Tehelka Editor Samuel Mathew in New Delhi last evening, Palaniswami the video was released to tarnish the
image of the late leader.

Strongly condemning it, he said all those behind this act would soon be identified. He also said a complaint has been lodged with the police with regard to the video. “This is the handiwork of political rivals,” he added.

On Friday night, hours after the journalist sought to link Palaniswami with the sensational murder of a security guard and break-in at Kodanadu Estate bungalow in 2017, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar warned of legal action against those conspiring to tarnish the government’s image.

He also threatened action against TV channels for telecasting the press conference. The media outlets had brought disrepute to the Chief Minister and the State government by broadcasting unsubstantiated claims, he charged.