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FIR against Sasikala over ‘death threats’ to AIADMK leader

C V Shanmugam, former Tamil Nadu law minister, alleged he started getting the death threats after he spoke out against Sasikala earlier in June, saying she would never be allowed back into the AIADMK.

By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
Updated: June 30, 2021 3:14:16 pm
V K Sasikala (File photo)

The Tamil Nadu police have booked ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala on a complaint by former Tamil Nadu law minister C V Shanmugam, who has alleged he has been receiving death threats ever since he spoke out against her.

Shanmugam, AIADMK Villupuram North district secretary, filed the complaint at Roshanai police station on June 9.  The leader said that on June 7, he made statements against Sasikala, saying she would never be allowed back into the party. At this, while Sasikala “gave no direct response”, she “instigated her goons to issue death threats”, Shanmugam alleged. He claimed he had received over 500 calls on his mobile phones and threats through other social media channels.

Based on the complaint, the police booked Sasikala and 500 others for criminal intimidation and other offences under sections 506 (1), 507, 109 of the Indian Penal Code and section 67 of the Information Technology Act.

The development comes days after the release of audio tapes of a purported conversation between Sasikala and certain party members. In some of her leaked clips, Sasikala is purportedly heard saying she will return to politics to “fix the party”, which “is in dire straits” due to the current leadership.

The Sasikala camp has said the tapes are genuine, and claimed the conversations were “nothing but her calls to people who were given appointment but were unable to make it due to the lockdown”. The AIADMK leaders have termed the tapes mere “political drama”.

Earlier this month, the AIADMK expelled 16 party functionaries, including a party spokesperson, for their alleged communication and collusion with the rival camp. The statement announcing the expulsion of the 16, including party spokesperson V Pugazhendi, followed several denials by AIADMK leaders that Sasikala was talking to party workers.

Popularly referred to as ‘Chinamma’, Sasikala had in March, a month before the Assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, announced her decision to quit active politics.

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