Jaya threatens to sue Karuna for defamation

Armed with the clean chit given to her by an inquiry commission which probed charges of land grabbing against her, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Friday threatened to sue Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for defamation.

Chennai: Armed with the clean chit given to her by an inquiry commission which probed charges of land grabbing against her, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Friday threatened to sue Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for defamation, accusing him of indulging in a "false propaganda" against her on the issue.
In a statement, the AIADMK chief said Karunanidhi had been alleging that she had usurped the land assigned to dalits, but the Justice K P Sivasubramaniam Commission, instituted by the DMK government, had stated that she was in no way connected with the disputed property at Siruthavur village in Kancheepuram District.

"Knowing fully well of the fact that I have no connections with the disputed property, Karunanidhi was indulging in false and malacious propaganda against me and had said in a function organised by the Viduthlai Chiruthaigal Katchi last month that a former chief minister had a driven away dalits from their land at Siruthavur village.

"The commission had submitted its report to the government even before that function and Karunanidhi was well aware of the findings," she said.

The commission, whose report was tabled in the Assembly yesterday, had cleared Jayalalithaa of the land grab charges but indicted relatives of her close aide Sasikala for "glaring abuse of power" to obtain a title deed after transferring land allotted to landless poor in the village.

PTI

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