CM denies Kodanadu murder charges, smells plot by rivals

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today said there is hidden political agenda behind the video which was released on Friday in connection with the Kodanadu estate frequented by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. On Friday evening, former Tehelka editor Samuel Mathew, accompanied by Sayan and V Manoj, two of the accused in the break-in that happened in Kodanadu, claimed that another accused Kanakaraj (since dead) had liaised with Palaniswami.

A video purportedly containing conversations with some of the accused, in which they made various allegations, was also played at a press conference in Delhi. Hours after the video, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar met the media in Chennai and threatened action against TV channels for telecasting the press conference. He also warned of legal action against those conspiring to tarnish the government’s image.

Today, the CM met the press at AIADMK headquarters and said, "The video was released with the aim of tarnishing former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's image and I strongly condemn it. These accuseds have gone to the court for 22 times, there they did not tell anything, but now they have released a video. This shows that they want to divert the case which is going to be taken up for hearing on February 2. It will soon be clear that who is behind them."