Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Batcha's death not a surprise to people knowing DMK's style of justice: Jayalalithaa


Chennai, Mar 16 : Commenting on the reported suicide of former Telecom Minister A Raja's aide Sadiq Batcha, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday hitting out at her political rival said this does not come as a surprise to people, who know the DMK's style of internal justice.

"The death under mysterious circumstances of Sadiq Batcha, a close associate of Andimuthu Raja, who was the main custodian of the former Union Telecom Minister's ill-gotten gains from the infamous 2-G Spectrum scam, does not come as a surprise to people who know the DMK's style of internal justice," said Jayalalithaa in a statement issued by her party.

"Some years ago, we saw Stalin's close associate and known benami, Anna Nagar Ramesh and his entire family "committing suicide". The buzz at that time was that Ramesh's conscience was pricking him and he was contemplating coming clean. Now, it is the turn of Sadiq Batcha!" she added.

Jayalalithaa said a similar fate could await other key witnesses in the 2-G Scam investigations, particularly if they are from Tamil Nadu.

"If the CBI and the Supreme Court of India are really keen on unearthing the whole truth behind this colossal scam, it would be better to keep all such witnesses under CBI or judicial custody till the investigations are over," said Jayalalithaa.

"Further, a protective cover has to be provided to Andimuthu Raja, the main accused in the case. Otherwise he could also go the Sadiq Batcha way. After all, the main objective of the DMK is to keep the CBI from getting closer to the Karunanidhi family members in this case," she added.

The AIADMK chief further said that in order to hide the whole truth behind the Himalayan 2G Spectrum Scam, another unpardonable crime has been committed. 

"Is it a case of murder or forced suicide? This is the issue that has to be ascertained by the CBI. If there is any reluctance on the part of the CBI, then both the Supreme Court and the JPC should step in and issue the necessary directives," she said.

It is still not clear whether he hung himself or consumed poison. Batcha was rushed to the Apollo hospital here, where he was declared dead.

"He was found hanging in his room by his wife Banu," said T Rajendran, Chennai Police Commissioner.

In an attempt to trace the unaccounted money and unearth the money trail into the 2G spectrum allocation scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had last month questioned Green House promoter Sadiq Batcha.

The probe agency had earlier in December last year raided Batcha''s home and office in connection with the scam.

He was the Managing Director of Green House Promoters, a real estate company, which had several multiple associations with A. Raja.

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