The Dawood of Tamil Nadu 'Don Sridhar' is ready to return to his home state from his lair in Dubai if he is assured of a fair trial, reports The Indian Express.
Sridhar Dhanapalan or 'Don Sridhar' re-appeared on the police radar on January 3, when he threatened a police inspector in Kanchipuram over phone after at least seven of his associates, including his brother, were detained under the Goonda Act.
'Don Sridhar' Tamil Nadu's most wanted man, is reportedly in Dubai and runs a real estate mafia near Chennai "worth at least Rs 500 crore." The Express reports that Sridhar has at least 43 cases against him of which seven are for murder.
Sridhar, now around 43 years old, began as an illicit liquor-seller in Kanchipuram. His business visa reportedly expires in 2017; The Express reports that Sridhar fears he may be killed in an "encounter" with the TN police.
“If the Tamil Nadu DGP or a good IPS officer asks me to come tomorrow and promises me a fair trial, I am happy to settle all my cases. They don’t have to kill me in an encounter, I myself will commit suicide with cyanide if there is any basis for the charges against me,” Sridhar told The Indian Express.
A red corner notice has been issued against Don Sridhar.
Senior police officers also confirmed that Dhanapalan left India in March-April 2013 after being released from prison following a six-month term and hasn’t returned from Dubai since. They said he had previously undergone multiple jail terms on a number of cases. Police and Dhanapalan confirmed that his passport was cancelled in 2015, and an Interpol notice issued in his name.