Tamil producer missing, TN police in Varanasi

Madhan’s wife filed the complaint after his car was found abandoned at the Chennai international airport.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published: June 4, 2016 5:07 am

Police are searching for high-profile Tamil film producer Madhan, who went missing from Chennai on May 28. Before he left Chennai, Madhan, who produced movies such as Rajinikanth’s Lingaa, wrote a letter to his friends, saying he was going to Varanasi to attain ‘Samadhi’.

A senior police officer monitoring the probe said a police team from Chennai has gone to Varanasi. Although they have tracked a lodge where Madhan stayed for a couple of days, they were yet to find him till late Friday evening.

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Police came to know about the case after Madhan’s wife Sindhu filed a complaint. “Subsequently, tracking his mobile signals, we traced his location in Delhi and Varanasi. As there are various versions about his whereabouts, special teams have been formed to trace him, primarily by tracking his mobile call locations,” said the officer.

Madhan’s wife filed the complaint after his car was found abandoned at the Chennai international airport.

Another senior officer said the letter he wrote to his friends blamed SRM group of institutions, indicating a dispute with the management. “On Wednesday, some 12 parents of MBBS aspirants staged a protest in front of SRM group chairman Pachamuthu’s house in the city. On Tuesday, a person lodged a cheating complaint against Madhan, claiming he took Rs 62 lakh after promising an MBBS seat in SRM Medical College. The parents alleged Madhan had cheated them. He took money but the management later denied admission. We are probing that angle as well although Pachamuthu claimed ignorance about Madhan taking money from parents,” said the officer.

Pachamuthu in a statement also said that his group will not be responsible for the wrongdoings of Madhan.

Madhan’s wife told police that some people in the SRM group were unhappy with her husband’s association with Pachamuthu. She said they may be playing behind his disappearance.

On Friday, Madhan’s mother Thangam addressed the media in Chennai, seeking help from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

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