TN Govt orders CBI probe into death threats to Jaya

Buckling under pressure from AIADMK, Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to hand over to CBI five cases regarding repeated death threats issued to its party chief Jayalalithaa.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 13:32 PM IST

Chennai: Buckling under pressure from
AIADMK, Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday decided to hand over to
CBI five cases regarding repeated death threats issued to its
party chief Jayalalithaa.

The DMK government`s decision comes a day after an
AIADMK delegation made yet another representation to the Chief
Secretary and Home Secretary demanding a CBI probe into the
threats.

"Accepting the demand made by the AIADMK delegation,
the Tamil Nadu government has decided to transfer to the CBI
all cases pertaining to issuing of death threats to
Jayalalithaa," the government said in a statement.

It, however, said the state police were taking all
required action on a set of complaints by AIADMK backed Jaya
TV channel, which has claimed it has received several letters
warning Jayalalithaa against touring Madurai for a proposed
rally in October.

The statement said special teams had been formed to
probe the matter after cases were filed at Guindy police
station in Chennai and the teams had toured Madurai, Tanjavur
to conduct investigation with employees of Postal department.

High-ranking officials were overseeing the
investigation and the letters have been sent for forensic
examination, it said.

AIADMK claimed the letters had also warned the channel
not to air programmes about the murder of a former DMK
minister.

An AIADMK delegation led by party Treasurer O
Panneerselvam had claimed in its representation to the
government yesterday that no action had been taken on its
complaints and pressed its demand for a CBI probe.

PTI