EPS says DMK behind Kodanadu murder charges

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has said true colours of the main opposition DMK came to the fore when its cadre gave sureties for accused in Kodanadu case. Speaking at a MGR birth anniversary event in Chennai, EPS said he would thwart the designs of DMK to malign him and the AIADMK government by levelling false charges.  He added: "DMK men have taken the two accused in Kodanad robbery case on bail.  So, their true colours have come to the fore. When these two accused appeared before the court in The Niligiris district, no one took them on bail."

Palaniswami said many of the accused in this robbery case were facing criminal charges under various provisions of law and different police stations in Kerala had filed cases against them.
"Now the DMK men are taking two of them on bail. So, now it has become clear that DMK men have links with those who had committed heinous crimes," he added. Sayan and Manoj, both accused in the Kodanadu tea estate robbery case, on Friday appeared before the Magistrate court in Egmore in Chennai.

They were arrested in Delhi some days ago after the Chennai police received a complaint from an AIADMK office-bearer who alleged that they had made baseless complaints against the Chief Minister. But the magistrate’s court refused to remand them as it was not satisfied with the grounds on which they were arrested. The magistrate asked them to appear before the court on Friday (January 18).

Recently, Tamil Nadu Opposition leader and DMK chief M K Stalin demanded Palaniswami's resignation over his alleged role in the Kodanadu estate case. Stating that there were many mysterious incidents and deaths that occurred at the Kodanad estate, Stalin listed out a number of them, including the death of a security guard, the alleged suicide of the CCTV operator, the mysterious road accident death of C Kanagaraj — the main accused in the robbery case — and a similar accident that killed the wife and the daughter of K V Sayan, the second accused.