CM raises doubts over Karunanidhi’s death, to order probe

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami has alleged late DMK supremo M Karunanidhi was kept under “house arrest” for two years till his demise.

He blamed DMK president MK Stalin for not taking his father and party patriarch M Karunanidhi abroad for treatment and said that his “government is ready to order a probe into his death”.

The Chief Minister said the 94-year-old Karunanidhi, who passed away on August 7 last year, could have been taken abroad for treatment and indicated the AIADMK government could launch a probe into it.

Palaniswami alleged that there was a deliberate attempt of preventing Karunanidhi from getting better treatment abroad. “There is a question as to why the senior political leader was not taken overseas for adequate treatment,” he said.

Palaniswami claimed Karunanidhi was kept under “house arrest” by Stalin for his own “selfish interests” and that it was the “government’s duty” to probe any hardship faced by the veteran Dravidian stalwart since he was a former Chief Minister.

He further claimed that had Karunanidhi been alive, Stalin would not have become president of the DMK.

Karunanidhi died on August 7, 2018 after weeks of hospitalisation, but, he had been bedridden for months before that and was confined to his Gopalapuram residence. He was 94 years old at the time of his death.