TN govt hands over Batcha death case to CBI

A key aide of former Telecom Minister A Raja, the state government decided to transfer his alleged suicide case to CBI.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 23:48 PM IST

Chennai: With opposition parties in Tamil Nadu raising doubts about the mysterious circumstances of the
death of Sadiq Batcha, a key aide of former Telecom Minister A
Raja, the state government today decided to transfer his
alleged suicide case to CBI.

Principal Home Secretary K Gnanadesikan said the decision
came against the backdrop of Batcha coming under CBI scanner
in its ongoing probe into the 2G spectrum scam in which
connection Raja has been lodged in jail.

"Batcha was being inquired by CBI. In this backdrop, the
Tamil Nadu government has decided to transfer to CBI his
suicide for further investigation," he said in a release.

He said that based on the complaint by Batcha`s wife,
Rekha Banu, the police filed a case of suicide.

Opposition leaders, including AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa,
expressed doubts about the circumstances in which Batcha died
with the former Chief Minister asking whether it was a "murder
or forced suicide."

Political analyst and a strong critic of the DMK, Tuglaq
Editor Cho Ramaswamy said "it could very well be a murder.
Perhaps the man knew too much."

Various parties in the state demanded a probe into the
death of Batcha.

PTI