Kodanad video row: Court rejects govt's plea to cancel bail of accused in murder case involving Jayalalithaa's ex-driver

  • The the government pleader argued that the accused, Sayan and Manoj were hampering the probe by giving statements on the case

  • The two accused in the case, had allegedly linked Chief Minister K Palaniswami to the Kodanad murder case, in a 16-minute released by former Tehelka managind editor Samuel Mathew

  • On 23 April, 2017, the security guard of the Kodanad estate, the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's retreat home in Nilgiris district, was murdered in a robbery attempt

  • Probe revealed that Jayalalithaa's former driver C Kanagaraj and Sayan had allegedly plotted the crime

Udhagamandalam: A court in Tamil Nadu's Udhagamandalam Thursday directed two accused in the Kodanad heist and murder case to appear before it on 29 January on a plea by the police to cancel their bail.

When the petition by the investigating officer came up for hearing before district Judge P Vadamalai, the government pleader argued that the accused, Sayan and Manoj were hampering the probe by giving statements on the case.

 Kodanad video row: Court rejects govts plea to cancel bail of accused in murder case involving Jayalalithaas ex-driver

File image of Jayalalithaa. Reuters

As the counsel for the accused sought time to present their counter, the judge declined to cancel the bail and ordered the two accused to appear before it on 29 January.

The Tamil Nadu government had last week moved the court to cancel the bail granted to the duo in connection with the case.

Samuel Mathew, former Tehelka managing editor had on 11 January released a 16-minute video in which the two accused in the case, had allegedly linked Chief Minister K Palaniswami to the case.

On 23 April, 2017, the security guard of the Kodanad estate, the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's retreat home in Nilgiris district, was murdered in a robbery attempt by a 10-member gang.

It emerged during the probe that Jayalalithaa's former driver C Kanagaraj and Sayan had allegedly plotted the crime.

A total of 10 people were arrested in the case and a charge sheet was also filed.

Updated Date: Jan 24, 2019 21:20:17 IST