FIVE YEARS after Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of former telecom minister A Raja and managing director of a real estate firm, was found dead, a 24-year-old youth has claimed that he killed him with the help of two others — the then state police intelligence chief Jaffer Sait and Raja’s relative Paramesh Kumar.
Batcha was found hanging at his Chennai house in March 2011. The CBI had earlier filed a closure report in the case, terming it as suicide.
But addressing a press conference in Trichy late on Tuesday, K Prabhakaran from Ayyur village in Ariyalur district, claimed he, Sait and Kumar had killed Batcha at his house on March 16, 2011. He claimed Batcha was killed after he gave CBI “vital information” against Raja in the 2G case. “Jaffer Sait helped to strangulate Batcha with a towel, Paramesh Kumar pressed his knee on Sadiq’s neck while I was holding his legs. Later, it was Paramesh Kumar and his aides who hanged the body in Batcha’s house to make it look like a suicide,” he claimed.
Sait was not available for comment.
Asked why he was revealing this now, Prabhakaran said he had helped as he was offered a huge sum of money. “I met Paramesh Kumar through my uncle Suba Ilavarasan (leader of Tamil Nadu Liberation Army, a fringe separatist group) when I was 19 years old. I became close to Sait after I gave a false complaint against a local PMK leader at the behest of Paramesh Kumar. But I was betrayed, as I did not get the money offered,” he claimed.
Although police and intelligence officers arrived at the press conference, Prabhakaran was not taken into custody. “There is no proof. We did not arrest him because Batcha’s suicide case is being probed by the CBI. We have no idea about Prabhakaran’s whereabouts after the press meet last evening,” said Trichy Police Commissioner Sanjay Mathur on Wednesday.
CBI sources said Prabhakaran would be questioned and the case could be re-opened if there was any truth in his claims. “We have investigated the case thoroughly and not found any signs of murder. The claim of murder is surprising. We are looking into it,” said a CBI official.
Prabhakaran claimed he had informed MDMK chief Vaiko, who, he said, had promised to raise the issue after the elections. In fact, Vaiko raised the issue during his poll campaign, alleging the role of DMK treasurer M K Stalin too. Stalin immediately sent a legal notice to Vaiko seeking an unconditional apology.
Confirming that Prabhakaran met him in April, Vaiko on Wednesday said the CBI should re-investigate the death.— With ENS, Delhi