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.

Raja associate Sadique's death gives new twist to 2G scam probe

Chennai, Mar 16 : The CBI probe into the 2G spectrum scam, involving former Telecom Minister and DMK leader A Raja took a curious turn with his close associate Sadiq Batcha, allegedly committing suicide by hanging at his residence in the city.

Police, however, said they were not sure whether it was a case of suicide or some foul play as they came to know about the incident, only when Batcha was brought to the Apollo Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

When contacted, City Police Commissioner T Rajendran said ''he was brought dead to the Apollo Hospitals about 1330 hrs.

The family says, he (Batcha) hanged himself. We are yet to verify and we are investigating.'' Sources said the 37-year-old Batcha was found hanging in his bedroom at his residence at Teynampet area in the central part of the city, around 1230 hrs.

His wife and mother-in-law were believed to be in the house when Batcha went to the bedroom and did not come out for a long time.

A Raja's close aide Sadiq Batcha found hanging

Chennai: In a dramatic twist in the 2G spectrum probe, Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former Telecom Minister A Raja and under investigation in the case, died in mysterious circumstances with his family claiming he committed suicide.

"He was brought dead to the Apollo Hospital at about 1:30 pm. The family says he had hanged himself. Police are yet to verify anything. We are investigating," Chennai Police Commissioner T Rajendran said.

Police have rushed to his house and are conducting enquiries.

When the body of 47-year-old Batcha was taken to the hospital, doctors declared him "brought dead."

Hospital sources said the body would be taken to a government hospital for postmortem.

Batcha was the Managing Director of Greenhouse Promoters, a firm under the scanner of the CBI as well as the Enforcement Directorate.

The CBI along with the ED had conducted searches at his premises late last year.

Both CBI and ED were probing the possibility of his firms acting as a front for the former minister.

Both the agencies have questioned him earlier in connection with the case.