Students, teachers, politicians, film personalities and people from different walks of life on Sunday paid tributes to the founder-chancellor of Sathyabama University, Jeppiaar, who passed away in Chennai on Saturday after a sudden illness.
DMK president M Karunanidhi and MDMK general secretary Vaiko among others issued condolence statements, while DMK treasurer M K Stalin paid floral tributes to the mortal remains of the educationist.
Jesadimai PangiRaj, better known as Jeppiaar, was born in a Latin Catholic Christian community in Muttom near Nagercoil. Early in his life he was a policeman and rose up the ranks in the State politics despite tremendous odds.
Last rites of Jeppiar today; Karunanidhi, Vaiko condole
As a former member of the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly and AIADMK member Jeppiaar was known to be a close confidante of former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran.