Jaya expresses doubts over Batcha`s death

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Wednesday expressed doubts over the mysterious death of Sadiq Batcha, asking whether it was murder or "forced suicide" and sought protective cover for the DMK leader now in judicial custody.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 21:55 PM IST

Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Wednesday
expressed doubts over the mysterious death of Sadiq Batcha, a
close aide of former Telecom Minister A Raja, asking whether
it was murder or "forced suicide" and sought protective cover
for the DMK leader now in judicial custody.
"This is the issue that has to be ascertained by the CBI.
If there is any reluctance on the part of the CBI, then both
the Supreme Court and the JPC should step in and issue the
necessary directives," she said in a statement.

She said the death of Batcha under mysterious
circumstances did not come as a surprise to people who knew
the "DMK`s style of internal justice."

A similar fate could await other key witnesses in the 2-G
spectrum scam investigations, particularly if they were from
Tamil Nadu, she said.
"If the CBI and the Supreme Court are really keen on
unearthing the whole truth behind this colossal scam, it would
be better to keep all such witnesses under CBI or judicial
custody till the investigations are over," she said.

"A protective cover has to be provided to Raja, the main
accused in the case. Otherwise he could also go the Sadiq
Batcha way. After all, the main objective of the DMK is to
keep the CBI from getting closer to the Karunanidhi family
members in this case," she alleged.

PTI