Remembering Rajiv Gandhi 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991

As Indians should we be sorry about insulting the memory of Rajiv Gandhi on yet another of his murder anniversaries?

The answers could shock every patriotic Indian.

Readers are requested to go through every inbuilt link to get the full perspective.

Should the Congress Party that ruled India that is Bharat for over 70 years apologise to former India PM Rajiv Gandhi for posthumously stabbing him in the back?

Was Rajiv ‘sacrificed’ to help the Congress win the 1991 parliamentary elections that clearly triggered his widow morphing into exalted status of the ‘uncrowned empress of India’ from 1992 to 1999 and ‘unconstitutional authority’ between 2004 to 2014? Is that why Sonia had a ‘cosy’ relationship with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – a party whose rule in TN was sacked in 1975 at the behest of the Congress [1] and was the raison d’être for pulling down the Gujral coalition at the centre? [2]

Should the Indian National Congress look over its shoulder to discern the suspicious nature of the meeting between Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Rajiv assassin Nalini Sri Haran a.k.a. Murugan in 2008?

Should the current National Democratic Alliance regime take a close look at the role of Rajiv’s Widow Sonia Gandhi a.k.a. born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino in the ex-PM’s murder?

Is someone covering up her suspected double agent roles through her links to Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and former Soviet Union’s infamous KGB and its later-day incarnations?

Is there much more to Karti Chidambaram’s flight to London to escape imminent arrest and questioning in the matter pertaining to multiple shady deals of amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income?

Are such secrets linked to Harvard don and senior advocate P Chidambaram? 

On this day – May 21 2017, around 8.a.m., in the morning, this website: http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2014/02/chidambara-rahasyam-tsv-hari.html could be clearly seen. It then disappeared and this line appeared in its place: “This website/URL has been blocked as per instructions from Department of Telecommunications of India.”  If this can happen on a Sunday, on Rajiv Gandhi’s death anniversary, obviously, someone close to P Chidambaram can pull strings within the ministry of telecommunications. Who could that be?

Meanwhile, this writer has picked up the gauntlet and is exposing the nice lawyer even more! https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/the-toxic-chidambaram-smokescreen Let us see if he can block that too!

At this point in time, the plausible answers to all these questions are in the affirmative.

[1]

Operative portions from a Times of India report dated June 26 2014:

“The Emergency in Tamil Nadu can be classified into two phases — before and after the dismissal of the DMK government on January 31, 1976,” said former Madras high court judge K Chandru.

“The President’s rule in the state was draconian. DMK leaders were thrashed in prison,” said Chandru, who was a member of the Justice Ismail Commission, which probed alleged prison excesses during the Emergency.

Senior DMK leaders Murasoli Maran, then MP Chitti Babu, M K Stalin, Arcot Veerasamy and several party volunteers were imprisoned and allegedly beaten up. DMK leaders say while Veerasamy lost his hearing, Maran never recovered from a back injury and Chitti Babu, who bore the brunt of the attack, died in Chennai prison in 1976.

[2]

Operative portions from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

On 30 January 1991, the DMK government which had come to power after winning the 1989 was dismissed by the Indian Prime minister Chandrasekhar using Article 356 of the Indian Constitution. President’s rule was imposed on Tamil Nadu from 31 January. The reason cited for the dismissal was the deterioration of law and order in the state and the DMK’s alleged closeness to the LTTE. The union law minister Subramanian Swamy, cited (among others) the assassination of the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) office bearers in Chennai on 19 June 1990 by the LTTE as the proof of collusion between the DMK government and the LTTE. The Samajwadi Janata Party government of Chandrasekhar at the centre was dependent on the outside support of Rajiv Gandhi’s Congress, which in turn was an ally of the ADMK in Tamil Nadu. The dismissal followed pressure on the Chandrasekhar government by the Congress and ADMK to dismiss the DMK government. The Chandrasekhar government fell on March 1991 after the Congress withdrew its outside support. Fresh elections for both the Indian parliament and Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly were scheduled for June 1991.

Divine Intervention – 3 [part II]

The story so far:

Nungambakkam, part of Chennai’s central region witnessed the brutal murder of a young techie – Swathi – in June 2016.

As her killer Ram Kumar too died under mysterious circumstances, the reasons for her killing remain a diabolic mystery.

The short story below is an endeavour to investigate the possibilities that could have led to the killing of Swathi.

Part one of this longish short story was published earlier.

It can be accessed here.

Young Veerabahu was set to arrive in the Nungambakkam railway station platform some 10 minutes later.

I surveyed the scene.

The evening crowd was milling around close to the point where the foot over-bridge touched the ground.

A sizeable number of the passengers were students from the nearby Loyola College – believed to be the best in India – where freedom of thought was/is as important as breathing. Some of them had participated in an ongoing survey to discern the mood of the people – as fresh elections to the assembly were round the corner. Political instability post December 5 2016 – the day Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was declared dead – had led to it.

I listened to the chatter.

A few months ago, reports alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was functioning as per the diktat of Sasikala Natarajan, currently ensconced in Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore’s outskirts as a convict. Politicians love to say that always law is allowed to take its course. India’s Supreme Court is of a clear mind in such a situation. “Corruption is not only a punishable offence but also undermines human rights, indirectly violating them, and systematic corruption, is a human rights’ violation in itself, as it leads to systematic economic crimes,” it said. Sasikala was punished for offences under sections 13[1][e] and 13[2] of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 read with 120B [conspiracy] and 109 [abetment] of the Indian Penal Code. Rather strangely, none from any political party in Tamil Nadu had approached the courts to sack the regime that took orders from a convicted prisoner then and there on the principle of breakdown of the constitution. Any person in custody would be disqualified from holding any government job. A convict’s fate was even clearer. By publicly admitting that a female jail bird was flinging yolk from her steel nest in another state, a senior member of the cabinet had violated tenets of the constitution,” a girl with a sharp nose and bold voice said.

“There was worse. By itself, the ‘election’ of Sasikala as the general secretary of the ‘ruling’ All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is ultra vires of its own constitution. The so-called election was patently illegal if one goes by the constitution of that party. AIADMK by-laws available in the Election Commission’s website state that the party general secretary can only be declared elected by the political unit’s representatives from all the states – including those from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh plus the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during a specially convened General Council to ‘elect’ a ‘proper’ candidate who ought to have been an uninterrupted member for 5 years. Such an event never happened. It was this so-called election that caused Sasikala’s ‘empowerment’ to be ‘elected’ as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party. So, that was an illegal act in itself. It was the cause for the then CM O Panneerselvam to resign and make way for Sasikala – which also is legally non est. To ram all these unsavoury events down the throats of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Sasikala group had cocooned a majority of the MLAs in a beach resort, allegedly wined, dined and ‘entertained otherwise’ with dancing women. Reports said that all of them were recipients of several million rupees in cash, gold and a lot more. This captive legislators’ crowd had ensured that Chief Minister E Palanisamy survived the trust vote on the floors of the assembly vide violent harangue in February 2017. Since Sasikala’s original sin – in itself was unpardonable – the shameful aftermath could not have the luxury of hiding behind a legal fig leaf of having passed muster in the assembly. Every so called political event after the December 5 2016 demise of Jayalalithaa could be termed illegal,” a Kurta clad young man chimed in.

“The inner contradictions were too much to bear. Now, the AIADMK has ceased to exist as a party. The ‘twin-leaf’ symbol and the name AIADMK were frozen initially on account of the RK Nagar by elections. After the various groups of the AIADMK ended up shaming themselves through the results, the party has little chances of reviving itself. On the flip side, the DMK’s existence is on the basis of hate AIADMK slogan – that keeps its voters interested. Sooner or later the DMK would suffer the same chagrin as the AIADMK. The reasons are simple. There are one too many claimants for the ill-gotten wealth of the party’s leadership mainstays – comprising the members of its leader Karunanidhi’s family. Surveys conducted in the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu revealed that the people want a change … a change for the better from the self-centred politicians for whom only grabbing cash was the only vocational and ‘vacational’ theme. And that would inevitably end in the decimation of regionalism that began in southern India through the separatist Dravidar Kazhagam [DK] and its so-called political offshoot – the DMK,” a somewhat senior student added.

I smiled. The young ladies and gentlemen were on the right track.

At that moment an express train whizzed past on track three moving at 85 km ph northward.

The duty station master or his assistant was supposed to stand on platform 2 holding a green flag or light – to be spotted and acknowledged by the motorman driving the train.

After the passage of the train, the SM ought to inform master signal control that the clickety-clack sounds of the wheels on the tracks were normal and betrayed no derailment danger to the train. The acknowledgement by the motorman or driver was the proverbial feel-good-factor to help the safety of several thousand passengers’ lives in the clasps of his/her hands.

Instead of doing his duty, the person manning the railway platform’s office cubicle was chatting with someone on his mobile phone.

Seated in that console was a person whose demeanour depicted that he was someone in authority. He was flanked by 2 constables from the Railway Protection Force.

“I am conducting surprise checks for ticketless travellers. Obviously some will pay a fine or a bribe to escape. All of us can expect some ‘cash relief’ for the month end,” the ticket examiner in civvies said.

Interrupting his chat on the mobile, the person in charge of the station in white uniform quipped: “Don’t forget my share!”

The RPF men looked a bit nonplussed.

“In these busy hours, the state railway police personnel conduct their own raids … and collect sizeable booty. None of us get any share from that. Worse, they do not cooperate in nabbing those trying to run away,” one constable complained.

“Well, we are not parting with any part of our collection on that count…so one minus one is zero. Accounts are squared. All of us need to supplement our incomes thus in these difficult times. Our salaries are inadequate to maintain our families. We need the cooperation of the local cops when something like that Swathi murder blows. In the melee for audience eyeballs, television channels ignored the simple fact that on that fateful morning of June last year, none of us was performing our duties. And then, none noticed when the RPF and Railway Police beat ran round the mulberry bush on the non-existent issue of jurisdiction… simply to buy time,” the TE announced with a grim finality.

These were signs of systems’ societal decay.

The duty station master coming out every 10 minutes or so while fast trains went past was also meant to keep a wary eye on the passengers in the station and report any suspicious activity. He didn’t care a tuppence about it. Instead of according protection to passengers by incessantly patrolling the platforms as per their job mandates, RPF and state railway police personnel were actively harvesting funds for month-end pecuniary problems. Senior officials were actively collaborating.

I shook my head in disapproval.

Spotting Veerabahu alighting from the foot over bridge, I moved northward.

The slim, slender looking teenager was on the mobile phone – talking to his sister.

“Where have you reached?”

“Crossing Saidapet station,” the girl’s voice said. The kid had switched the hands free button on the instrument.

“I have homework to do. And then I have to prepare for the first semester tests,” Veerabahu protested.

“Is the rowdy waiting outside the station?”

“I actually wasn’t looking. But, what can I do if he turns violent? We need to ask pa to move home… to somewhere close to where I work,” the lass grumbled.

“What about pa’s job at the EB? What about my school? My whole life will be spoiled!”

“Would it be alright then if someone spoils and soils your sister? What kind of a brother are you?”

Veerabahu looked uneasy.

“You better come fast. I am waiting!” He cut the connection and rolled his eyes skywards in sheer exasperation.

“Why is God not around when we need him? Rowdies, crowded cities, rising prices, police apathy, scolding school teachers, difficult syllabus…”

As is the wont of youngsters, Veerabahu grumbled.

Aren’t you Damarla Veerabahu, little Swati’s younger brother?”

My question startled the boy.

“How do you know me?”

Every Friday, your sister Swathi is in the forefront of the palanquin bearers – carrying the idol of Shukaravaara Amman in the Aghastheeswarar temple nearby. I remember you because you once wanted to help your sister…but the priests forbade you from touching the palanquin, as it violates the temple rules. I see you offering prayers in that temple regularly.”

The boy looked closely at me and espied an old man with a kind face, dressed in a white Indian shirt and trousers. The salt and pepper facial and pate hair disarmed him.

“What is your name?”

Most persons in this vicinity refer to me as Agathi!”

“A very strange name, I would say,” the boy said thoughtfully.

It is the shortened form of a very famous sage – Agasthya. Some persons translate the name from Sanskrit as ‘mountain thrower’. The Tamil meaning denotes a person who has realised his inner self. In Tamil, Agam stands for a home. ‘Thiyan’ refers to a householder … who ensures the well-being of the home’s inhabitants. In a nutshell, if one goes by the Tamil meaning, every male is an Agathi … or Agathiyan. The sage Agasthya was a diminutive man. By the Sanskrit definition he could throw a mountain. It only implies that determination can cause any person to complete any superhuman feat. There is an entire city block in Kanyakumari district – called Agastheeswaram. Some 400 km off Kochi – in the Arabian Sea – there is an island called Agatti – the virtual capital of Lakshadweep archipelago. Finally, the temple you visit every Friday with your sister – is a shrine for Agastheeswarar. Hence, it is not such a strange name.”

The boy giggled.

“So what do you want from me?”

The boy pertly asked the question abruptly.

“Oh, I have no needs to be fulfilled by anyone. I only grant favours, more often than not, without anyone asking for it … completely free of charge. You and your sister have a problem in the form of a young unruly male tormentor. He follows your sister somewhat threateningly. Probably, you are here to accompany young Swathi home… because she feels safer with you around. But, you are not at all comfortable with the idea of facing the rowdy. Suppose… I give you a little formula to defeat this rowdy and thus prove that you indeed are really Veerabahu … the brave-heart with strong protecting arms. That is without any risk and no sweat. Will you be interested?”

The boy was puzzled. His confusion showed on his countenance.

“I am no Jackie Chan … and cannot hope to fight and win a grown up man who pumps iron in gyms.”

“Jackie Chan does those choreographed fights only in the films. There is a scene in a movie featuring a one minute shot where Jackie is shown as getting killed by Lee in Enter the Dragon. Bruce was his idol and Chan tells anyone willing to listen to him that he loved losing to his idol and did a lot of play acting to retain the sympathetic attention of the then more famous man. More seriously, the movie Enter the Dragon has a scene featuring Bruce Lee – teaching a little boy how to win a fight with a grown up man – without actually fighting. You could actually do it. It is very simple. I could help you win,” I informed the child.

“But, why would you do that?”

“Because… I love helping people. It is that simple. Come closer, I will teach you the trick. You can try it out tomorrow itself! And don’t worry. If something goes wrong, I will be around… to help you.”

The boy came closer.

“Is this absolutely free? No hidden tricks or charges?”

“None at all, my young friend, you can be sure.”

I then began telling him a simple trick. I took leave as the EMU steamed into the terminal.

I knew that the girl Swathi would frown at Veerabahu talking to strangers. But, that was par for the course.

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Indian Police Service [IPS] officer Nar Bahadur Thapa was posted to the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Chennai Unit in its northwest outskirts as southern India’s regional head. It was a ‘punishment’ posting. A set of corrupt men who controlled the vigilance and anti-corruption wings of the Central Bureau of Investigation had wanted Thapa out of the way.

Of Nepalese extraction, Thapa had the tenacity of bloodhounds that never let go a sniffed criminal at wrong end of an invisible but ‘smellable’ trail.

That evening, his table had 2 bulky files of criminals – linked to drug trade from across the Palk Straits – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north and northeast, whose tentacles snaked into the innards of India’s various cities, and also into the innards of around 50 national capitals spread all over the globe.

The profits were enormous.

At its little known, obscure procurement points, prices of drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana was as low as Rs.50 per base unit. But, when sold in the retail ‘open air markets’, their prices ballooned 50,000 times. The methods of the underworld were becoming more sophisticated than those of the cops – and this was a worldwide malady. The resultant ill gotten wealth was round-tripped and pumped into legal economies – to push real estate prices skyward. India was no exception.

Real estate was the safest venue to park black funds – as very few could every actually measure the profit margins.

Thapa had done the hard work.

An acre of land with a legal floor space index [FSI] of 3.5 in the outskirts of Chennai or for that matter any city in India ranged between Rs. 2 and 4 crores. Each acre has 43,500 square feet on the ground level as its ‘carpet’ area. When multiplied by 3.5 – the allowed amount of FSI – the price of undivided share of the proposed built up area ranged between Rs. 133 to Rs.263 per square foot. Costs of building huge blocks of flats ranged around Rs.1000 per square foot. In a nutshell, builders spent around Rs.5 lakhs for a 500 sq ft flat and sold it for Rs.25 lakhs. Burdened by other factors of the global meltdown, big time mainstream media outlets winked at this racket. There was a method to this madness. Builders’ networks splurged money on full page colour advertisements – often occupying the first three pages of newspapers besides sponsoring hours and hours of television time.

The operators of this huge sinister machine also bankrolled political parties. In some states, political parties’ sections actually owned and ran the racket. The sinister game drew sustenance by cannibalising its own assets. Some of the real estate defaulters’ flats were used as dens to peddle drugs and then discarded whenever some “untoward” event happened. Often such “events” were “rave” parties catering to the spoilt rich brats and also to draw more potential victims into the concentric vortex of drug addiction and peddling. The victim owner of such a den – soon declared as an erstwhile owner – would be flung to the wolves as a drug trafficker. The whole racket suited only wrongdoers and rendered them richer after every deal – botched or otherwise..

A ‘foolproof’ system had been hammered into place to run this evil empire. It was done vide the creation of a network of agents employed by private and foreign banks that had begun lending money in India at usurious interest rates since the turn of the millennium.

The grey market of ‘collection agents’ was a good source of information to identify future victims to be fleeced and/or raped and/or prostituted.

‘Minor’ funding began with credit cards and ‘personal loans’. The dues amounted to a few thousands of rupees. Usurious interest rates ensured indebtedness. Before long, a vast section of the middle-class was in the thrall of these sophisticated moneylenders. Those who deferred paying on time were catchment areas of potential victims. Rowdies from the dregs of society worked as ‘collection agents’ and provided vital info. Those amongst these gangs that were smarter than the rest slowly levitated towards the drug distribution. Thus began a database of persons who be preyed upon to buy ‘dream homes’ engineered to default to turn such residences into nightmares – only to be repossessed and sold to other similar victims.

The operation was a large scale one.

While in the CBI, Thapa had been assigned the task of identifying the shady methods of foreign banks, their lending patterns and recovery methodology. At the start of his probe, he had stumbled on to the world of pricey auditing firms which violated every known law in every nation possible and yet retained the veneer of respectability. One such firm is Pricewaterhouse Coopers [PwC].

A minor cog of this giant machine, Sengodan had committed the cardinal sin of ‘leaning on’ Pachaiappan – nicknamed ‘patch-boy’ amongst a small group of friends for recovering credit card dues. Pachaiappan was the son of Duraisingham, a head constable who worked for CBI. The young man had apparently used the rectangular piece of plastic during a new year’s party in a 3-star hotel. The bill had come to Rs.26K. Patch-boy’s pals promised to pool in the money to square the loan off. But, the sharing of the financial load actually never took place.

Without knowing the antecedents of his victim’s father, Sengodan began sending threatening messages to Pachaiappan. Usually, credit card and finance companies avoid 3 categories of individuals viz. Journalists, lawyers and police officials. The avoidance is explained away with a two-word term: “negative profile”. Secretly the movers and shakers in this rat race admit that discovery of the workings of their racket is their big fear. The bigger fear is journalists, lawyers and cops using the instrument of blackmail to clean the wrongdoers out, aver the men and women at tertiary levels of this game. The bitter truth is stranger. Those who never deserve a single rupee manage to net billions of rupees and are allowed to not only default but also helped to escape the laws of India under everyone’s noses. 

Before long, seeing his son listless most of the day, the cop accessed the SMS from his son’s mobile.

Duraisingham sought the advice of his superior officer.

Holding the rank of Inspector General, Thapa merited a landlubber bosun. Duraisingham performed that task admirably in Chennai.

So, when the hapless minion approached his boss for saving his son, the IG – then looking after various high profile cases from Delhi for the CBI’s southern operations, Thapa realised the potential and pulled the young man’s chestnuts out of the fire and began watching the gang of ‘recovery agents.’ That endeavour had landed the strange fish – Sengodan.

By keeping tabs on Sengodan, Thapa had traced most of the racketeers and identified their modus operandi. That was when he suspected something else – the presence of a vigilante group of IT professionals functioning beyond their work-station borders to identify ill-gotten funds parked abroad. As he had begun taking an interest in the activities of several young men and women, one of them – a Brahmin girl aged 24 – Swathi – had been brutally killed in mid 2016.

When others above him found out Thapa’s focus, they got him transferred – virtually on punishment. But, being pushed to the wall, Thapa had decided to fight. And that fight had led to his unearthing the huge racket whose minor loose end was Sengodan. The big time players were builders and architects working from flashy offices.

Thapa looked at the clock in his office.

It was close to 7 p.m.

Pressing his buzzer, he summoned Duraisingham – who had levitated to the NCB along with his boss.

“We may have a major job to do, tomorrow, to end rackets of youngsters’ tormentors – like the man who had harassed your son,” Thapa said.

“Sure sir,” the orderly said.

“I have been tracking the mobile of this person called Sengodan. He lives in Choolaimedu area but does his trade in OMR. It seems he is also stalking a girl Swathi – like someone else had chased her namesake last year. What makes the whole thing interesting is the qualification of this girl and her core competence area. She is a code breaking ethical hacker. I suspect that last year’s dead Swathi was one as well.”

“Did the other girl – the dead Swathi do the same thing and was she killed on that count sir?”

Duraisingham asked the question at the spur of the moment in total innocence.

“I have a strong suspicion that she was,” Thapa enigmatically said.

-to be continued

An Olive Branch For Gurmeher Kaur?

A young girl student of Delhi University from Chandigarh – daughter of Kargil martyr Captain ‘Harry’ Mandeep Singh – has been prominently featured on television screens and newspapers’ front pages saying she was threatened of rape and murder by right wing political outfits [read ABVP, RSS, et al].

If and when Gurmeher Kaur provides truthful and straight answers to the following queries, all of India must support her wholeheartedly:

Must read: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/justice-for-none-1/

  1. How did you receive the rape/death threats? Were they sent by SMS, phone call [on landline/mobile] and/or by post and/or whispered into ear while walking and/or through cat-calling from the street below your residence?
  2. Could you please specify time and date of the issuance of the above threat?
  3. How did you know that the threats were issued by right wing political activists [ABVP, RSS, BJP, etc]?
  4. Since you are sure that such threats were indeed issued by the ABVP and allied organisations, did you prefer a police complaint? As you have termed those expressing a contrarian opinion as vile trolls, could you specify how do you propose to take legal action against them instead of using/abusing/misusing the media?
  5. If you have indeed preferred a police complaint, could you kindly specify the police station?
  6. If the answer to #5 is in the affirmative, kindly specify as to when you registered your complaint. Did you ask for the registration of a First Information Report [FIR]? Did police officials ask for supporting evidence for the serious charges of rape and murder threats by known/unknown persons made against you?
  7. Do you believe that India is being hoisted on the legal and constitutional petards by inimical forces?

  8. As you seem to be sure of the political identities of those who issued threats, can you pick up the perpetrators in a line-up?
  9. Have you initiated any precaution for safeguarding your honour post issuance of such vile threats?
  10. If the answer to #9 is yes, can you specify the steps initiated, please?

Divine Intervention – 2

India’s legal system has almost reached a point of no return – describable as perversion of the worst kind.

Power attained through corrupt means ensures that ill gotten wealth is retained by the obviously guilty individuals and institutions.

Frustration and anguish are the only words that spring to mind when justice is delayed and denied.

The Kargil war of 1999 has come back to haunt India’s conscience – through a video statement released by a 20-year-old college student Gurmeher Kaur.

The video has become the rallying point for slanging matches between the right and left wing political types – hailing and/or vilifying young Gurmeher.

In this verbal melee, the supreme sacrifice of brave soldiers like Captain Mandeep Singh, Gurmeher’s father, who laid down his life in 1999 somewhere in India’s northwest tip, is getting tossed about needlessly. It has now turned out that Captain Mandeep was killed by terrorists in Kupwara, 170 km from Kargil!

The 7 years’ old  Adarsh Society scandal, with its macabre connections to Kargil immediately springs to mind. The scam had surfaced in 2010. India’s mainstream media [MSM] had cried itself hoarse over it. The stinking stigma has stuck to the names of some of the nation’s top politicians, bureaucrats and many more of the richest individuals of India that is Bharat. All these ‘worthies’ had shamelessly robbed Kargil martyrs’ widows [1] [2]. Petitions and counter-petitions in this imbroglio have led to a web of legal deceit. The cases are still in limbo. The chances of the cases’ attaining a proper closure are remote.

In 2004, a fire tragedy in a school in the southern state of Tamil Nadu had devoured the lives of 94 innocent children studying in a primary school.[3]

The real relief for the anguished parents who lost their loved ones can never come. The piddly “compensation” helped the perpetrators take rest cures in prisons. Many of them have moved higher courts seeking relief and release.

There are no connections between the events listed above in real life. So, a poignant fictional link was artificially created to wake up patriotic Indians’ slumbering consciences.

Given below is an updated version of a short story penned in 2011.

Justice Advait Aher of India’s Supreme Court summoned his trusted stenographer Kaatyaayani Khandelwal to dictate his ruling in a school fire tragedy matter that had killed 94 school children in Tamil Nadu – a southern state some 11 years ago.

Exactly 94 children – most them little girls had perished in a devastating conflagration that had spread due to illegal thatched roofs in a building unfit to be a school, locked collapsible gates meant to prevent children from cutting classes which ensured their painful death and a rather callous teaching staff who had no pity or any feelings for the children. 

The criminally culpable school management had managed to hire the best legal brains money could buy in India’s capital New Delhi. An appeal against the ruling of the Madras  High Court that had sent them to prison had been filed in the Apex Court.

The judge knew that the appellants were guilty as sin for mass murder. But, numerous holes in the police investigation and the shoddy conduct of the case in the lower courts had been thoroughly exposed by Chatturbhuj Daryanaani – one of India’s senior most and smartest criminal lawyers. 

The portly stenographer walked in carrying her shorthand notebook and her mobile phone – something she used to record the dictation of her boss as a kind of back up.

Ever efficient, she did not believe in getting her boss to correct her mistakes by hand on a typed draft.

Recording the audio of what you dictate will aid its verbatim transcription without typos Sir,” she had said the first time when she had brought the gadget into his room.

“Morning, Kaatyaayani!”

“Sir…er…er…”

Aher was surprised.

His stenographer had never hesitated to say anything before.

“Go ahead, Kaatyaayani. You want take an off today? I can always dictate the judgement tomorrow.”

“No sir, it is not that. I will switch on my mobile phone that contains a recorded conversation given to me by a friend who is researching into things termed supernatural. Please hear it before pronouncing the verdict. It will take some 7 minutes. The narration is totally offbeat in nature. I know you never believe in such things. But, do listen. It is a sincere request. Thanks.”

Without a word, she flicked on the play button and began walking away.

The way a young voice began surprised Aher.

Ouch…ooh! It’s paining Amma!

Better learn to bear pain, Jambu! You are born as a girl, you know!

I had hurt myself on the knee while playing.

My mother always called me Jambu – the shortened version of Jambukeshwaran – that ought to have been my name had I been born a male.

I had been named Jambakalakshmi.

My parents always had wanted a son.

I keep hearing my mother telling all our relatives that that sons get money into the family when new brides come home with a lot of dowry – whatever that means – and daughters are only expenses.

We have to be dressed beautifully, married off with a lot of presents and cash for our future even if we have a job and all, my mom adds to the end of each conversation.

Somehow, I feel unwanted at home.

The doctor auntie told me the other day that Amma will soon be giving birth to my sibling.

I hope it will be a brother.

But, the pain is unbearable. I feel my leg is on fire, Amma!

Don’t worry, darling! A little coconut oil and turmeric powder on your wound will make it go away in a day. But, you should be more careful. Supposing you get scars from wounds, it will be very difficult to find a good husband for you. Now, now! Don’t cry, please! It is just a small wound on your knee.

Sometimes, I do not understand whether you are comforting the child or mouthing misogynistic statements!

My father, an officer in the Indian army, loves me more than my mother. He sometimes scolded her because my mother said something which my father thought wasn’t right.

His words comforted me more than mom’s turmeric mix.

Dad spends most of the time guarding our country in a place called Siachen – somewhere in north India.

He came home yesterday afternoon after six long months.

Just before I was tucked into bed yesterday, he said it was very cold out there.

The temperature, most of the time, hovers around minus 25 degrees Celsius, Jambu. The mountainous surroundings are beautifully white in a cloak of fresh snow, but the cold leaves an unpleasant feeling. One of my friends recently died while urinating in the open. Apparently, the salty liquid waste froze in an upwardly direction when he relieved himself without protection. Somehow, the cold always gets into our feet despite our wearing the correct dress, shoes, woollen socks and a lot more.

So how do you manage the cold, Appaa? How do you sleep at night?

The human mind is all powerful because it is given by God. It can do anything. The blankets, smokeless fire, sleeping bags and a lot of other equipment, for some strange reason other, allow the cold to enter our bunkers all the time. High altitude fighting involves psychological warfare. My commanding officer lieutenant colonel Simranjeet Singh Chibber taught me a trick which always helps me relax.

How?

Whenever the cold is so unbearable, I imagine that I am at home – here – where most of the year, it is unbearably hot. The imagination takes over and the mind, with some concentration, makes my physical body forget where I am. Slowly, I feel comfortable. The discomfort returns only upon being jolted when gunfire erupts.

Can one forget one’s cold by just imagining the heat?

Yes. And the opposite is also true. You can forget the heat by imagining the cold.

But I have never been to Siachen…because you have never taken me there.

Not a place for young ladies, darling! But, you have been to the nearby hill station Kodaikanaal many times! Supposing it is very hot somewhere, just imagine you are there without a blanket. Sometimes, you may feel cold enough to ask for one!

You are joking!

I am dead serious!

I tried it out. 

The green Kodai hills swam into view revealing the hat lifting and suicide points besides – the snapping, whistling wind.

Suddenly I felt cold.

The wound no longer hurt.

It was miraculous!

Amma broke my reverie.

Come on Jambu! You are getting late for school.

At school, as usual the teacher was scolding some of us, including me.

I put the trick to use again.

By thinking that my grandmother was narrating a funny story, I even began to smile.

The nice feeling was cut short rudely when I began smelling hot smoke.

A moment later, I saw it coming from the first floor of our school.

The teachers sternly ordered us to stay put.

I began teaching my trick to as many of my friends as possible.

Many began giggling.

Suddenly, as the fire burst through the roof. All of us were scared. The trick stopped working.

The stair-case was very small and narrow.

But, we could not use it because the collapsible gate outside our classroom on the corridor that led to the exit downstairs was locked as always.

The princi does not want as to escape from school and play truant.

So the exit is locked and can only be opened by the watchman uncle.

Perhaps he has gone for his cup of tea and Beedi smoke.

Some of my friends passed out.

The actions of the fire brigade breaking open the ventilator – the only one in the room caught my attention.

I called out to the firemen and helped them locate us through the thick smoke that was blinding them and us.

I think I managed to help many of my classmates.

The firemen uncles scolded me.

Charity begins at home, young woman!  Save yourself first!

The sari of my class-teacher who had asked us gruffly to stay put was on fire and she was screaming.

Even as she was being rescued, I fainted.

When I surfaced, I felt a burning sensation all over my body.

I used the trick again and began feeling comfortable.

So far 91 children have perished. I am afraid you daughter will add to this tally, major!

Is it paining too much, Jambu?

My father’s kind voice felt like a cool balm.

No Appaa! Your trick is working fine. Where am I?

You are in a government hospital, getting treated for burns.

Oh!

I lost consciousness again.

My father’s kind touch patting me on the head woke me up.

I found him crying.

Major Krishnan, your daughter has only a few more minutes to live. Nevertheless, please don’t tell your wife who is here in the neighbouring maternity ward as I do not want her to go into a shock and worse.

I did not understand why doctor uncle looked so worried.

Suddenly I felt a very pleasant breeze and very light.

I could see a girl’s burnt body in a completely singed dress…upon close examination, I recognised myself from the red ribbon that held my pigtails.

Your presence is required in the maternity ward. Please, hurry up!

The voice was gentle.

How can I come? I am here!

That was just your body. Your mother has developed labour pains. It is time for you to become your own younger brother Jambukeshwaran.

I do not understand this. And more importantly, can you find someone else to be my brother please? I really wish to stay back here with my friends now and later, play with my younger brother!

Your existence on earth was not supposed to end now. Further, you have an important task of informing the truth of what actually happened in your school today to some important person in your next birth because your current physical condition now does not allow you to continue as the currently known Jambu. Soon, you will be a Jambu again…this time…a male. Come on, child! Let us go.

I had a final look at my friends. Sadly I will never see them again here…or in the place called heaven.

The judge slowly wiped his tears.

He knew what to dictate for the two cases for which he had reserved the judgements earlier.

The first was of course, that of those seeking to end their incarceration for killing 94 innocent children.

The second one involved what Aher perceived as an insult to the memory of the martyrs of Siachen over the years.

Faulty equipment meant to prevent seepage of the effects of chilling snow and betrayals in the Indian defence ministry had killed several army personnel without anyone being the wiser.

Worse, a massive building with 31 floors meant for their widows and children that had come up in New Delhi’s fashionable Defence Colony was being misused and abused by self-seeking, well-connected, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

With a grim expression, he pressed the buzzer to summon Kaatyaayani Khandelwal to dictate two landmark judgements.

[1]

Operative excerpts from a report published in The Hindustan Times:

Close to a thousand soldiers have died guarding Siachen since the army took control of the inhospitable glacier in April 1984, almost twice the number of lives lost in the Kargil war.

In 1999, Pakistani aggressors occupied strategic peaks in the Kargil. The operation to push them back cost India 527 lives.

Almost a fifth of the casualties were linked to enemy fire before the November 2003 ceasefire between India and Pakistan.

The remaining deaths were because of nature’s fury, accidents and medical reasons.

Figures show 997 soldiers, including the 10 men from Madras Regiment, have died on the glacier over the past 32 years. The military casualties include 220 men killed in firing from the Pakistani side..

On the glacier, soldiers deal with altitude sickness, high winds, frostbite and temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

[2]

Operative excerpts from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

The Adarsh Housing Society is a posh, 31-storey building constructed on prime real estate in Colaba, Mumbai, for the welfare of war widows and personnel of India’s Ministry of Defence. Over a period of several years, politicians, bureaucrats and military officers allegedly conspired to bend several rules concerning land ownership, zoning, floor space index and membership get themselves flats allotted in this cooperative society at below-market rates.

Unearthed in November 2010, the scam led to the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan, to resign.

In 2011, a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) said, “The episode of Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society reveals how a group of select officials, placed in key posts, could subvert rules and regulations in order to grab prime government land – a public property – for personal benefit.”

In January 2011, the Maharashtra government set up a two-member judicial commission to inquire into the matter.

The commission was headed by retired High Court judge Justice JA Patil, with NN Kumbhar acting as member secretary. After deposing 182 witnesses over 2 years, the commission submitted its final report in April 2013 that highlighted 25 illegal allotments, including 22 purchases made by proxy.

The report indicted four former chief ministers of Maharashtra viz. Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar Shinde and Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil. Other accused include 2 former urban development ministers Rajesh Tope and Sunil Tatkare, 12 top bureaucrats and controversial diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

The Khobragade tale’s visa fraud side has a sinister flipside if viewed from the latest context of President Trump threatening to deport illegal immigrants in the US of A.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are currently investigating allegations that three former chief ministers of Maharashtra – Sushilkumar ShindeVilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan – were involved in the scam.

Sadly, justice will never be done in the Adarsh matter, reveals a report by Shalini Nair in The Indian Express, dated January 2011.reveals a report by Shalini Nair in The Indian Express, dated January 2011. Operative excerpt:.

From the time land was allotted to Mumbai’s first IAS officials’ housing society — Lalit in Cuffe Parade [in the vicinity of Adarsh] in 1965 — all plum government plots have always been given to societies whose members were officials with crucial postings

Here is a complete list:

Lalit Society: Includes ex-chief secys P D Kasbekar, L D Lulla, R D Pradhan and ex-law secy Bobby Dalal [located in south Mumbai, within a 1 km radius of the secretariat].

Buena Vista Society: Members are Union cabinet secretary (retd) S Rajagopal, retired chief secretaries K B Srinivasan, S Ramamoorthy and D K Afzalpurkar, senior IPS official K Padmanabhan

Samata: Justices C S Dharmadhikari and Y V Chandrachud

Shalaka Society: Meant for government buildings but transferred to society whose members include former chief secretaries Arun Bongirwar and Ajit Nimbalkar, former BMC commissioners Sharad Kale and J D Jadhav

Dilwara Society: Members include late CBI director M G Katre, retired DGP P S Pasricha, former Anti-Corruption Bureau chief S K Iyengar and retired Mumbai police commissioner Ronnie Mendonca

Charleville Society: Members include former municipal commissioner K Nalinakshan, ex-urban development secretary L Rajwade, retired IAS officer Yashwant Bhave, IAS official Ramesh Kanade

The above residential societies are located in south Mumbai’s Nariman Point – which virtually abuts the secretariat and the legislative assembly.

Priya Society Former chief secretaries D M Sukhthankar and N Raghunathan

Sagar Tarang Society: Former police commissioners Satish Sahane, M N Singh, Julio Ribeiro, R S Sharma, S K Bapat, Hassan Gafoor and A N Roy.

Praneet Society: Land meant for government buildings given to society, with former chief secretary R M Premkumar, former additional chief secretaries Ajit Warty, Navin Kumar, Ashok Khot and Awadesh Sinha as members

Aseem Society: Built on government land in Worli, its members include State Election Commissioner Neela Satyanarayan

The above residential clusters are located in Worli – where some of the richest persons in India’s financial capital live. Till recently, Peter Mukherjea and Indrani Mukherjea lived as husband and wife in this very area. They have been accused of killing Indrani’s daughter through an earlier marriage – Sheena Bora.

Amaltas Society: This land meant for government buildings houses about 150 senior officials, including retired additional chief secretaries Jagdish Joshi, Manmohan Singh and Ravi Bhargav, former information commissioner Suresh Joshi, former principal secretary V K Jairath, former CIDCO managing director G S Gill

This building is located in Juhu, northwest Mumbai – also sometimes called the Beverly Hills of Bollywood. It has residences of the Bachchan clan, Jeetendra, [father of young female movie mogul Ekta Kapoor] and some of the real estate belonging to the late Yash Chopra, the legendary filmmaker.

Pataliputra Society: Former chief secretaries Johny Joseph, V Ranganathan and J P Dange, Urban Development (II) secretary Manukumar Shrivastav, former MMRDA commissioner T Chandrashekhar

This building is located in Lokhandwala, currently the space from where most of Bollywood operates. It encompasses the production house that belongs to Shah Rukh Khan.

Nyay Sagar and Renuka societies: This residential complex is home to many sitting judges of the Bombay High Court and politicians. The list includes the son of former Union home minister Shivraj Patil, his secretary Sudhir Khanapure, former chief secretary P Subramanyam, former Urban Development secretaries D T Joseph and Ramanand Tiwari and Nitin Kareer.

[3]

Operative portions from the relevant Wikipedia dossier:

On 16 July 2004, the fire tragedy occurred on thatched roof structure of the school. The school started at 9:15 a.m. and during one of the breaks at 10:30 a.m., one of the girls noticed the fire and alerted the teacher and the news spread to other classes. The fire sparked from the midday meal kitchen thatch and spread to the upper level, which also had thatched roofs and spread rapidly. The narrow staircase had sundry materials that prevented exit of children. The staircase was also located close to the kitchen. The kitchen did not have gas stoves and fire logs were used for cooking. The school was overcrowded, having 900 children in its rolls. The thatches and the supporting bamboo poles caught fire and fell on the children and also blocked the exit.

The total toll read: 94 children dead.

The state government deputed a committee under Justice K. Sampath to inquire into the circumstances and causes leading to the fire accident on 20 July 2004. The committee assumed office on 1 August 2004 and was constituted with expert members Dr. Rani Kandhaswami (Former Principal, Lady Willington Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, Chennai), S.K. Saxena (Fire Officer, Madras Atomic Power Station, Kalpakkam), K. Vijayan (Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Mental Health, Chennai) and P.A. Annamalai (retired Head Master).

The committee was given a timeline of four months, but extended for four times and it was able to finally complete the investigation on 30 June 2005. The investigations found out that the school was not inspected by the educational official for three years. The fire officials reported that the building laws were not followed as the school had a thatched kitchen and classroom roof, had no emergency exits and it was a “death trap”.

The committee found out that the major reason for the heavy casualty was the false tactics of the management to bring the other two school students to the aided primary school to mislead the inspecting authorities about the student-teacher ratio. The management was held responsible for the whole accident. The report pointed out that the teachers were not trained in disaster management and the prohibited thatch structure was close to the classrooms. It also stated that the schools had inadequate exit facilities and had no firefighting capabilities. Pulavar Palanichamy, the owner of the schools, was reported to have used his political clout and coalesced with the municipal and the revenue department officials getting the permits for the schools. Vijayalakshmi, the noon meal organizer and also the teacher of the English Medium school, was held accountable for not performing her duties of taking safety precautions. Vasanthi, the head cook lighted the oven in the absence of her assistant, Sivasankari, who usually lights it. There was contrasting reports on whether Sivasankari was present in the school during the event. The Tahsildar of Kumbakonam Taluk, Paramasivam, was reported “dishonest” for granting licence under the Tamil Nadu Public Buildings (Licensing) Act, 1965 to the school. The chartered engineer Jayachandran was also held dishonest of giving stability certificate to the building without visiting the school once. The additional assistant educational officer, Madhavan for allowing the school to run without recognition for 6 years. Sivaprakasam, the assistant elementary education officer, was held accountable for allowing Madhavan, who was not competent to allow permit to the school. Balaji, the deputy education elementary officer was accused of carelessly passing the papers signed by Madhavan. The local health officer r Dr. Sivapunyam was accused of giving false sanitary certificate to the school. Annadurai, a friend of Pulavar Palanichamy was accounted for advising circumvention of rules. Pingapani, the deputy educational officer, who inspected the high school, did not show interest in learning that the same campus had a primary school acting beyond rules. The other officers who were earlier responsible for permitting the nursery school against the rules during 1999, namely, Shanmughavelu, Sethuramachandran, Chandrasekharan and Dr.Palanivelu. The Deputy elementary educational officer, Durairaj and assistant elementary educational officer, Balakrishnan, were held less culpable for knowing about the thatched structure and the exaggerated attendance, but not initiating any action.

The accident was the one of the four major fire accident in the state following the Brihadeeswarar Temple fire on 7 June 1997, when 60 people were killed, Erwadi fire incident on 6 August 2001 that killed 30 mentally challenged people and fire at a marriage hall on 23 January 2005 at Srirangam where 30 people including the bridegroom were killed. A private school building collapse in a private school in Madurai during the 1950s killed 35 girls and injured 137 others.

The trial of the case started after a long delay on 24 September 2012 in the Thanjavur district sessions court. The case had 21 accused and had 488 witnesses that included 18 children affected in the accident. The headmaster, Prabharan and three others turned approvers.

A total of 17 people were chargesheeted in the case and were set to face trial. The seventeen included Pulavar Palanichamy [the school’s owner], his wife and correspondent of school Saraswati, three teachers, six officers in the education department (elementary), the Kumbakonam municipal commissioner, town planning officer and four assistants in the education department. The education department officials were accused of negligence of their duties and the lower level officers for conspiring with the officials for obtaining and renewing the licenses. The three teachers were accused of showing negligence shown towards rescuing the children.

The trial was concluded on July 17, 2014. On July 30, 2014, Thanjavur district sessions court sentenced school founder Pulavar Palanichamy to life imprisonment and fined Rs 51,65,700. Palanichamy’s wife and school correspondent P Saraswathi, headmistress J Santhalakshmi, noon meal organizer R Vijayalakshmi, cook R Vasanthi were sentenced five years imprisonment. Officials in district elementary education office, officer R Balaji, his assistant S Sivaprakasam, superintendent T Thandavan and assistant G Durairaj were also sentenced five years jail. Total fine of Rs 52,57,000 was imposed and ordered the compensation of Rs 50,000 to parents of each victim.

A higher court cleared charges of 12 accused, including three teachers, six education department officials and two municipality officers.

An October 2016 report in The Times of India adds:

The Madras high court ordered to provide Rs 5 lakh each as compensation to the relatives of 94 children who were charred to death in an inferno at Krishna English Medium School in Kumbakonam The court had appointed judge Venkataraman to look into claims of the victims’ parents.

தமிழக அரசியல்வாதிகளுள் யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை!

ஊருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை
இந்த உலகுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை
யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

மேலே உள்ளவை, 1975ல் வெளிவந்தயாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லைஎன்ற படத்தில் ஒலித்த பாடலின் பல்லவி.[1] அதில் பிரதான கதாபாத்திரத்தை ஏற்று நடித்தவர் ஜெயலலிதா. கதை, வசனம், டைரக்ஷன்துக்ளக் ஆசிரியர் சோ.

தமிழக முதல்வராக இருந்த ஜெயலலிதா மறைந்து இன்னும் முழுமையாக 3 மாதங்கள் முடியவில்லை, அவர் கட்டிக்காத்த அகில இந்திய அண்ணா திராவிட முன்னேற்றக் கழகம் [அ இ அ தி மு க], கலகத்திலும் குழப்பங்களிலும் சிக்கி, கிட்டத்தட்டக் கழிவுப் பொருளான நிலையை அடைந்து, அதன் பெயர் “லகலகலகலக” வென ரிப்பேராகிவிட்டது.

விரைவில் தமிழகத்தில் ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சிதான் வரும் என ஒரு அளவுக்கு நம்பும்படியான ஆரூடத்தை ஊடகங்கள் சொல்கின்றன.

கைவசம் 130 சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்களின் ஆதரவுக் கடிதங்களை வைத்துள்ளதாக ஜெயலலிதாவின் “உடன்பிறவா சகோதரி” சசிகலா சொல்லி வருகிறார்.

சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்களை ஒரு லாட்ஜில் பிணைக்கைதிகளாக சசிகலா வைத்துள்ளார். அவர்களை விடுவித்து, சுதந்திரமாகச் செயல்பட அனுமதித்த பின்பு சட்டமன்றத்தில் யாரிடம் பெரும்பான்மை இருக்கிறது என நிரூபித்தல் அவசியம். அதை என்னால் செய்ய முடியும்,”, என்ற வாதத்தை முதல்வர் ஓ பி எஸ் முன்வைத்துள்ளார்.

“பிணைக்கைதிகளாக இருப்பதாகச் சொல்லப்படும் எம் எல் ஏக்களின் உண்மை நிலையை உள்ளூர் காவல்துறை உதவியுடன் கண்டுபிடித்து உரிய நடவடிக்கை விடுவிக்காவிடில் மத்திய அரசின் படைகள் களமிறங்கும்,” என ஆளுனர் ராவ் அரசுக்குத் தகவல் தெரிவித்துள்ளதாக செய்திகள் வந்தவண்ணம் உள்ளன. இவை எல்லாம் ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சி பிரகடனப்பட்டுத்த பா ஜ க செய்யும் சூழ்ச்சி, என சசிகலாவுக்கு ஆதரவாகப் பேசுவோர் சொல்கிறார்கள்.

உண்மை கண்டறியப்பட வேண்டும். தேவை என்றால் ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சி வரட்டும் என தமிழகம் முழுதும் ஆதரவுக் குரல்களை கேட்க முடிகிறது.

இக்காரணங்களால், இன்று சசிகலா, “சதிகலாஎன ஏசப்படுகிறார். சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்களை அவர் சிறைபிடித்து வைத்திருப்பதை “கூத்து” எனும் சிலர், அவரைசகதிகலாஎன்றும் பழிக்கிறார்கள்.

“எம் எல் ஏ க்கள் எங்கள் பாதுகாப்பில், சொந்த விருப்பத்தின் பெயரில் தான் உள்ளார்கள்,” என சசிகலாக் குழு வாதிடுகிறது.

அது உண்மை என்றால், அவர்களை அடைத்து வைக்க என்ன தேவை உள்ளது? நிருபர்கள் கூட மஹாபலிபுறம் அருகே உள்ள விடுதிக்குச் செல்வதை ரவுடிகளை வைத்துத் தடுக்க என்ன காரணம் என்ற அடிப்படையான கேள்விகளுக்கு சசிகலா தரப்பினர் விடை அளிக்க மறுக்கின்றனர்.

தன் பங்கிற்கு சசிகலா ஆளுனரை பகிரங்கமாக மிரட்டத் துவங்கி விட்டார். “பொறுமை காப்போம். பின்பு, அதன் எல்லை மீறப்படும்படி ராஜ் பவன் நடந்து கொண்டால், செய்ய வேண்டியதைச் செய்யத் தயங்க மாட்டோம்,” என சசிகலா பேட்டி அளித்துள்ளார்.

சமீப காலம் வரை, சசிகலாவுக்குக் காவடி எடுத்த கல்வி அமைச்சர் பாண்டியராஜன், ஓ பி எஸ் அணியில் சேர்ந்து, சசிகாலாவைப் பழிக்கத் துவங்கி விட்டார்.

இக்காரணங்களால், “துரோகி” என்ற பட்டத்தை சசிகலாவும், காபந்து முதல்வர் எனச் சொல்லப்படும் [அரசியல் சட்டப்படி அப்படி ஒரு பதவி இல்லை] ஓ பி எஸ் ஸும் பரஸ்பரம் பரிமாறிக் கொண்டு வருகிறார்கள்.

அ இ அ தி மு க வின் அவைத் தலைவர் பதவியை – மதுசூதனனிடமிருந்து சசிகலா பறித்து அவரைக் கட்சியை விட்டு நீக்கினார். அதே பதில் மரியதையை  தானும் செய்ததாக மதுசூதனன் அறிவித்தார்.

“எம் எல் ஏக்கள் அதிக அளவில் உள்ள அணியை ஆட்சி அமைக்க அழைக்க வேண்டும் என அரசியல் சட்டம் சொல்கிறதே! ஆகையால், ஆளுனர் ராவ் சசிகலாவை ஆட்சி அமைக்க அழைப்பதில் தாமதம் காட்டுவதை சட்டவிரோதமான செயல்,” என டாக்டர் சுப்பிரமணியன் ஸ்வாமி போன்றோர் சொல்லி வருகிறார்கள்.

பொதுவாக, ஸ்வாமி அ இ அ தி மு க வின் எதிரி எனச் சித்தரிக்கப்படுபவர்.

1992 முதல் ஜெயலலிதாவின் அரசியல் வாழ்வுக்கு சாவு மணி அடிப்பேன் எனக் கங்கணம் கட்டி தமிழகத்தில் அவர் செயல்பட ஆரம்பித்தார். அது பலிக்கவில்லை.

ஸ்வாமி அ இ அ தி மு க ஆதரவுடன் 1998-இல் மதுரைத் தொகுதியிலிருந்து வென்று மக்களவைக்குச் சென்றார் என்பதை பலர் மறந்துள்ளனர்.

ஸ்வாமியின் அரசியல் உறவுகளெல்லாவற்றையுமே அவரது நண்பர் சந்திரஸ்வாமி என்ற கபட சாமியார் தனது ஆதரவாளர்களின் தயவில் ஏற்படுத்தி உள்ளார் என்பதை பலர் மறந்திருக்கலாம். சந்திரஸ்வாமியின் பிரதான சீடர்களுள் ஒருவர் அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையின் உரிமையாளர் டாக்டர் பிரதாப் ரெட்டி. ஜெயலலிதா மர்மமான கடைசி மூச்சை அப்போலோவில் விட்டார் எனச் செய்திகள் சொல்கிறன. அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையில் ஜெயல்லிதாவைச் சந்திக்க யாரையும் அனுமதிக்காத சசிகலாவுக்கும் மருத்துவமனை தலைவர் பிரதாப் ரெட்டிக்கும் “கொள்கை அடிப்படை உறவு” இருப்பதை எல்லோருமே எளிதில் யூகிக்கலாம். ஜெயலலிதாவின் மறைவில் அப்போலோவின் உரிமையாளர்களுக்குப் பங்குண்டு என நிரூபணமாவதை ஸ்வாமி விரும்ப வாய்ப்பே இல்லை. ஆகையால், பிரதாப் ரெட்டிக்குச் சாதகமா ஸ்வாமி செயலபடுவதில் எந்த வித ஆச்சிர்யமும் இல்லை. அதன் ஒரு பகுதியாக, சசிகலாவுக்கு முதல்வர் பதவி அளித்தே ஆக வேண்டுமென ஸ்வாமி சொல்வதில் அதிர்ச்சி அடைய ஏதுமில்லை. இதற்காக அவர் சசிகலா குழுவிடம் பெட்டி நிறையப் பணம் பெற்றார் என்றெல்லாம் சொல்வது பிதற்றல்.

இன்று தமிழகத்தின் அவல நிலையின் சுருக்கம்:

75 நாட்கள் அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையில் சிகிச்சை பெற்றதாகக் கூறப்பட்ட ஜெயலலிதாவை, அவர் கவனித்து வந்த இலாக்காக்களின் செயல்பாட்டை மேற்பார்வை இட நியமிக்கப்பட்ட ஓ பன்னீர்செல்வம் என்ற தற்போதைய முதல்வருக்கு – நோய்வாய்ப் பட்டிருந்த தனது தலைவியை ஒரு முறை கூட சந்திக்க அனுமதி வழங்கப்படவில்லை.

“ஜெயலலிதாவின் விருப்பத்திற்கேற்பத் தான் அவ்வாறு நிகழ்ந்தது,” என்பது சசிகலா தலைமை தாங்குவதாகத் தென்படும் கும்பல் வாதிடுகிறது.

இந்த வாதம் நம்பும்படியாக இல்லை.

செப்டம்பர் 27 2014 அன்று ஜெயலலிதாவுக்கு பெங்களூரின் பார்ப்பன அக்கிரஹாரா என்ற இடத்தில் அமைந்திருந்த விசேஷ நீதிமன்றத்தில், ஜான் மைக்கேல் டா குந்ஹா என்ற நீதிபதி 4 ஆண்டுகள் சிறைத் தண்டனை  வழங்கினார். சிறையில் ஜெயலலிதாவை யாராலும் பார்க்க முடியவில்லை. குறிப்பாக, அவர் தனது தோழி சசிகலாவைக் கூடச் சந்திக்கவில்லை.

அவர் சிறையில் இருந்த காலத்தில், முதல்வர் பதவியை ஓ பி எஸ் வகித்தார். சிறையிலிருந்து ஜெயலலிதா வெளியே வந்த பின்பு, மீண்டும் முதல்மைச்சராகும் வரை ஓ பி எஸ் முதல்வர் பதவியில் தொடர்ந்தார். இது ஜெயலலிதாவின் ஒப்புதலுடன் தான் நடந்தது. அக்காலகட்டத்தில் ஓ பி எஸ் அடிக்கடி ஜெயலலிதாவை போயஸ் தோட்டத்தின் வேதா நிலையம் பங்களாவில் சந்தித்ததாகச் செய்திகள் சொல்கின்றன.

ஜெயலலிதாவின் வசமிருந்த இலாக்காக்களை – அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையில் அவர் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டபோது – ஓ பி எஸ் கவனித்துக் கொள்ளும்படி பணிக்கப்பட்டார். இது ஜெயலலிதாவின் ஒப்புதலுடன் நிகழ்ந்ததாக ஆளுனர் வித்யாசாகர் ராவ் கூறினார். நிதி அமைச்சராக ஓ பி எஸ் தொடர்ந்தார்.

ஜெயலலிதாவைச் சந்திக்க அனுமதிக்கப் படாதவர்கள் பட்டியலுள் ஆளுனர் ராவ், ஓ பி எஸ், மத்திய நிதி அமைச்சர் ஜேட்லி, தமிழக எதிர் கட்சித் தலைவர் ஸ்டாலின், தலைமைச் செயலாளர் ராம் மோஹன் ராவ், என ஏராளமானோரின் பெயர்கள் உள்ளன.

இந்த நிலையில் செப்டம்பர் 22 2016 அன்று மருத்துவமனையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்ட ஜெயலலிதாவை அவரது உதவியாளர்கள் ராமலிங்கம், வெங்கட ரமணன் மற்றும் அப்போதைய தலைமைச் செயலாளர் ராம் மோஹன் ராவ் செப்டம்பர் 27 2016 அன்று காவிரி நடுவர் மன்றம் பற்றி அளவளாவியதாக தமிழக அரசுச் செய்திக் குறிப்புக் கூறுகிறது. அக்டோபர் 2 ஆம் தேதி அன்று ஆளுனர் ராவுக்கு அந்த அனுமதி மறுக்கப்பட்டது. ஆனால் அக்டோபர் 22 அன்று ராவ் ஜெயலலிதாவைச் சந்தித்தார் என சசிகலாவுக்கு ஆதரவாக பத்திரிக்கை நிருபர்களிடம் பேசிய டாக்டர்கள் பீலே, பாபு அப்ரஹாம் மற்றும் பாலாஜி ஆகியோர் சில தினங்கள் முன்பு சொன்னார்கள்.

அவர்கள் சொல்லும் சில மணி நேரங்கள் முன்பு வெங்கடரமணனும், ராமலிங்கமும் வேறு இலாக்காக்களுக்கு பதவி மாற்றம் செய்யப்பட்டனர். அவர்கள் இது வரை விசாரிக்கப்படவில்லை!

இந்த நிலையில் ராம சீதா என்ற பெண் மருத்துவர் செப்டம்பர் 22 2016 அன்று கொண்டுவரப்பட்டது ஜெயலலிதாவின் சடலம் தான் என்று வாக்குமூலம் அளித்து வருகிறார்.

சசிகலா போயஸ் தோட்ட வீட்டில் தங்க அனுமதி இருப்பதாக எந்த வித ஆதாரமும் காண்பிக்கப்படவில்லை.

ஓ பி எஸ் தி மு க வின் சொற்படி செயல்படுகிறார் என சசிகலா குற்றம் சாட்டுகிறார். ஆனால் சசிகலாவே தி மு க தலைவர் கலைஞரின் கைப்பாவை என்ற செய்தி ஊடகங்களில் 5 வருடங்களாக வலம் வந்தவண்ணம் உள்ளது.

75 நாட்கள் மருத்துவமனையில் இருந்த ஜெயலலிதா  பற்றி வாய் திறவாத ஓ பி எஸ், திடீரென வீரம் வந்தவர் போலவும், சசிகலாவின் சதியை உணர்ந்தவர் போலவும் சித்தரிக்கப்படுவது நம்பும்படியாக இல்லை.

தான் கட்டாயப்படுத்தி ராஜினாமாக் கடிதத்தில் கையொப்பமிடப் பணிக்கப்பட்டதாக்க் கூறும் ஓ பி எஸ், காவல்துறையில் புகார் கொடுத்து, இ பி கோ 503 இன் கீழ் சசிகலாவை கைது செய்யும்படியே காவல்துறையைப் பணித்திருக்கலாம். இதுவும் நடக்கவில்லை.

ஸ்டாலின் அ இ அ தி மு க சார்பில் முதலமைச்சராக உள்ள ஓ பி எஸ் ஸுக்கு உதவும் ரீதியில் செயல்படுவது பல சந்தேகங்களைக் கிளப்புகிறது.

பா ஜ க இந்த குழம்பிய குட்டையில் மீன் பிடிக்கப்பார்க்கிறது எனச் சொல்வோர், தமிழனின் தன்மானம் பாதிக்கப்படுகிறது, ஆரிய மாயை என்றெல்லாம் பேசுகிறார்கள்.

பா ஜ க இதில் பிற கட்சிகளைப் போல அரசியல் ஆதாயம் தேடுகிறது.

ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சி என்றால் அதன் பொருள் பா ஜ க ஆட்சி தான். அதுவே நிகழ்ந்தால், வெட்கங்கெட்ட அரசியல்வாதிகள் பட்டியலில் எல்லா தமிழக அரசியல்வாதிகள் இடம்பெற்ற உணர்வு ஏற்படும்.

இறந்த ஜெயலலிதா இனி திரும்பி வரப்போவதில்லை. மேல் உலகில் கீழ்க்காணும் பாடலை அவர் முணுமுணுக்கிறாரோ என்னவோ!

[1]

ஊருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

இந்த உலகுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

இதிலே அவளுக்கு வெட்கமென்ன

மேலும் கீழும் கோடுகள் போடு அதுதான் ஒவியம்

நீ சொன்னால் காவியம்

ஓவியம் என்றால் என்னவென்று தெரிந்தவர் இல்லையடா

குருடர்கள் உலகில் கண்கள் இருந்தால் அதுதான் தொல்லையடா

அத்தன பழமும் சொத்தைகள் தானே ஆண்டவன் படைப்பினிலே

அத்திப் பழத்தை குற்றம் கூற யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

மூடர்கள் ஏற்றிய குற்றத்தை மறந்து முதுகை பாருங்கள்

முதுகினில் ஆயிரம் அழுக்கு அதனை கழுவுங்கள்

சுட்டும் விரலால் எதிரியை காட்டி குற்றம் கூறுகையில்

மற்றும் மூன்று விரல்கள் உங்கள் மார்ப்பினை காட்டுதடா

எங்கேயாவது மனிதன் ஒருவன் இருந்தால் சொல்லுங்கள்

இருக்கும் அவனும் புனிதன் என்றால் என்னிடம் காட்டுங்கள்

அப்பன் தவறு பிள்ளைக்கு தெரிந்தால் அவனுக்கு வெட்கமில்லை

அத்தனை பேரையும் படைத்தானே அந்த சிவனுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

இப்போது இந்த உலகம் முழுவதும் எவனுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

எல்லார் கதையும் ஒன்றாய் முடிக்கும் எமனுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

Has Sasikala incriminated herself irretrievably?

Has Sasikala Natarajan, in a mad haste to grab power, painted herself into a tricky political corner?

Has she invited trouble upon herself by being declared ‘unanimously elected’ as the leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislature party?

“Veda Nilayam [the late Jayalalithaa’s residence in the heart of Chennai] was the residence of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister. To continue staying there, I have now become the future CM!”

In a nutshell, that is the latent meaning behind the declaration of her being elected Legislature Party leader of the AIADMK.

But, that raises more questions. Replies to a few of them could render Sasikala’s life, as the future CM of Tamil Nadu, a complete misery.

“Outgoing CM O Panneerselvam [OPS] himself proposed the name of “Chinnammaa’ thereby showing the party is solidly behind the future CM. Since the days of [late] MG Ramachandran, who founded the AIADMK, that has been the practice and so it continues,” the roly-poly former drama actress and current spokesperson Saraswati told news channels.

That exactly is where the troubles of Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala and her husband Natarajan could begin.

The operative portion of the resignation letter penned by O Panneerselvam [OPS now nicknamed Oops] reads thus: Due to my personal reasons, I am tendering my resignation from the post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Kindly accept my resignation and relieve the council of ministers appointed by me on 6.12.2016. 

AIADMK apologists could hastily say that is the exact format for tendering an acceptable resignation. While that is true, “personal reasons” can be interpreted in myriad ways. In a crunch situation of the future, OPS can say, such “personal reasons” include [1] pressure from the Sasikala Group, [2] suspicion of the Mannargudi Mafia’s hand in Jaya’s mysterious death, [3] a wish to retire from public life in peace as those close to him [reportedly like Sekar Reddy, Ram Mohan Rao etc] are being persistently targeted by Sasikala group, etc. etc.

OPS could opt out of joining Sasikala’s future cabinet citing “personal reasons”. If that possibility sounds ominous, the converse – his agreeing to joining the cabinet – the announcement is yet to be made by the Mannargudi marauder gang – could prove to be worse for Sasikala. In the case of a crunch situation, a legally constituted cabinet of ministers are to be held responsible for all decisions – jointly and severally. All OPS has to do is slip in a minor glitch in the statement over the formation of his ministry on 6-12-2016 and the defecation would hit the fan. 

Quoting Sasikala, the Times of India said thus in its report:

Sasikala had a special word of praise for Panneerselvam, stating “whenever the party faced tough times and whenever there were difficulties in Amma becoming the chief minister, it was our dear brother Panneerselvam who has been loyal.”

“It was Panneerselvam who had first persuaded me to become the Chief Minister and General Secretary as well when Jayalalithaa passed away,” Sasikala told party legislators in her acceptance speech.

Was OPS being really loyal?

Is he merely appearing to be loyal and cleverly removing himself from all dangerous positions of the future?

Has he succeeded in painting the picture of self-effacing-sacrificing person – simultaneously to use it tellingly in future?

One of the senior journalists outside the Lloyd’s Road party headquarters of the AIADMK is said to have muttered thus immediately after Sasikala’s election as legislature party leader: “It would be interesting to see whether OPS decides to be the number 2 and also the FM as doubtlessly Sasikala would retain the Home portfolio and thus control the police. That is a rather piquant situation as – the Madras High Court is seized of the matter concerning the mysterious sudden death of Jayalalithaa. Stories indicating foul play during the run up to Jaya’s arrival at the Apollo Hospitals have appeared since December 15 2016. Demands for an explanation from the state government have begun growing. None can predict what the court ends up saying in its final denouement. Significantly, Sasikala’s challenger and the late Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa has been keeping the heat on Sasikala relentlessly. Chairman of the medical facility – Pratap Reddy is rattled. If Reddy pushes the ball into Sasikala’s court as press reports saying the hospital doctors couldn’t do much during the last 2 days as reports had suggested [1], the onus of proving absence of any wrongdoing on the part of Sasikala and those around her will fall squarely on Sasikala when she is sworn in the CM. If the courts do not believe a clean chit given to herself [as can be guessed by anyone at this point time] by Sasikala in the matter of Jaya’s death, the courts could do some more questioning. As Sasikala’s actions prevented virtually all VVIPs meeting Jaya in her hospital ward, her statement would be under extreme and tough legal scrutiny if Reddy washes his hands off. What could emerge from it all is anybody’s guess. But, something wrong could be one of the outcomes. Sasikala seems to have closed the option of wriggling out of such a piquant position by getting elected as the legislature party head to become the CM rather prematurely. Surely, she would be holding the home portfolio. The cases – if any over Jaya’s sudden and mysterious end – would have to be inevitably handled in the beginning by the TN police. That is where the whole going becomes tricky. If the courts think that the state cops are doing a wishy-washy job, the matter would move into the hands of the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI]. If and when that happens, one would have to look at the centre’s attitude towards the Mannargudi Mafia. Already 3 old cases against Sasikala and co have been resurrected. If such a thing comes to past, the exhumation of Jaya’s mysterious death could cause a major stink,” the legally knowledgeable senior journalist said.

There are other trickier issues. On September 27 2016, officials – including currently disgraced ex-Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao, secretaries to the late CM Venkataramanan and Ramalingam – believed to be close to Panneerselvam – had met Jaya, claimed an official press release. The matter was reported by one of Chennai’s young, bright journalists – Julie Mariappan of the Times of India. The two secretaries and their senior Sheela Balakrishnan were said to have been forced to leave their posts on the eve of Sasikala being elected as legislature party leader. Suppose…a few of the bureaucrats contradict Julie’s September 27 2016 report and ipso facto the wordings of the official press release, that single event could cast a vain shadow on the very meeting they were supposed to have held with the late CM. Wild conspiracy theories could emerge from the slightest “if” or or “but” in the hypothetical possibility of the officials hinting at their not having met the CM. The resultant heat from its legal repercussions in court would prove extremely unbearable for Sasikala. What one can also read between the lines is that OPS has cleverly wriggled out of the situation and lobbed a live grenade sans its safety pin into Sasikala’s court instead of the proverbial ball in a sports game. Pun-fun intended,” the journalist added.

Sasikala may find her future path thorny, reported the Hindustan Times. [2]

Other reports suggest that Sasikala is under the centre’s microscope.

An unconfirmed story doing its round links Jayalalithaa, her yet to be publicised will and the entry of highly respected journalist Cho S Ramaswamy into the ICU where Jaya was undergoing treatment for intensive treatment in the last few hours before Jaya’s death. “It was handed over to Cho for safekeeping as both were close friends. None knows where the will is, but, it could surface,” goes the story.

Regardless of whether such a will exists or not, an interesting dimension has been added to the tale. Cho Ramaswamy was wheeled into the ICU around 2-45 p.m. on December 5 2016. If the statement put out by Apollo Hospitals is true on the issue of the death of Jayalalithaa, the two old friends – viz. Cho and Jaya were in the same room within the ICU. Alongside Cho were doctors attending on him. If someone raises a query about the time of Jaya’s death to Cho’s doctors, what would the answer be? Regardless of anyone hinting at foul play, if the time of Jaya’s death differs from the official version and the one said by Cho’s medical team, the going would be hugely tricky for Sasikala, for, Cho was not only Jaya’s friend, but also a close friend of Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi! 

In 1996, it was Cho who brought the DMK and the late Congress veteran Moopanar together to upset Jaya’s apple-cart. In 2011, it was Cho again whose advice resulted in actor-turned-politician Vijaykant agreeing to form an alliance with Jaya’s AIADMK that sent the DMK packing. If something emerges from the current imbroglio, one can safely say that Cho changed the TN regime for the third time! And this time, if it happens, the deed would be posthumous!

[1]

Sources close to Apollo boss Pratap C Reddy revealed that he is mulling the institution’s washing its hands off the imbroglio in his written deposition to the court.

Jayalalithaa’s health was on the mend as is evident from our health bulletins. She could have left whenever she wanted to. Following this development, doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences [AIIMS] and Dr Beale returned to Delhi and London respectively. What exactly took place during the last 2 days due to the activities of those who controlled the access to the CM is unknown. Police officials had kept all visitors – including the Governor and central ministers at bay earlier. Towards the end, even most of the doctors’ entry was delayed under some pretext or other. The alarm bells were pressed only when it was too late. The confusion over the time of death of the late CM, the leak of info, its denial and late-night confirmation of her passing are all indicative of the above aspects. Hence, accusing the hospital of foul play is out of the question.

[2]

Operative sentences: Sasikala was getting uneasy with Mr Panneerselvam, popularly called OPS, continuing in the post of the CM. The way ahead for Sasikala could be thorny. While she enjoys the support of the MLAs, many reports suggest that the cadre are not on her side. There have been protests against her in some places, especially from RK Nagar, the assembly constituency Jayalalithaa represented. Then, there are court cases against Ms Sasikala, which hangs like a political sword of Damocles over her head.

Tamil Nadu Politics’ Whodunnit!

Tamil Nadu’s political ‘bullshit’ is scheduled to hit the fan.

Will those are illegally profiting by the sudden, mysterious death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the Jallikkattu protests be brought to book?

Tamil Nadu is currently in the throes of an unsolved political whodunit.

Its denouement could lead to the cornering of the state’s political Houdini and Rasputin rolled into one – M Natarajan, husband of the state’s latest femme fatale – Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala.

This is due to an outrageous claim made a day ago.

VK Sasikala is the general secretary of Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [AIADMK] and apparently the person controlling the state through unseen hands. Her husband Natarajan – is believed to be the real power behind the state’s Fort St George throne. Natarajan alleged that MK Stalin, the state’s Leader of Opposition and the functioning heir to the main opposition party DMK – had masterminded the violence post the peaceful Jallikkattu protests.

The allegation emerged after the state’s CM – O Panneerselvam claimed that anti-India forces were at work during the Jallikkattu protests.

Currently Sasikala is the supremo of the AIADMK. But, the small print on her appointment document says her probation period will be in force till April this year.

The currently fizzled out Jallikkattu drama could lead to the arrest and prosecution of Sasikala for her dubious role during Jayalalithaa’s last 2 days in Apollo Hospitals.

The shocking pointers:

Tamil Nadu’s police headquarters is on one end of the arterial Beach Road. On the other end is Fort St George, the seat of power. If someone wants to believe that the entire state machinery was caught napping – including the police that is – when a crowd of over 5 lakhs jammed its capital and held it to ransom for nearly a week, he/she/they must be seriously joking!

The real story, however, lay elsewhere.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram was officially declared dead on December 5 2016 rather suddenly, mysteriously and suspiciously. [1] The announcement was rather abrupt and rife with contradictions. It had come after a series of flip-flops triggering some sort of political vacuum.

The domination of the state’s political horizon’s skyline by Jaya’s personal female flunkey VK Sasikala as Tamil Nadu’s step mother began almost immediately thereafter.

January 12 2017 onwards, Jayalalithaa’s sudden death had acquired the status of a murder mystery.

The whole thing revolves around a key question:

On what authority does Sasikala continue to live in what had been Jayalalithaa’s private property in Chennai’s Poes Gardens?

So far, none has raised the query in a court of law. But, before long, someone will.

Sasikala has not answered that question posed in a roundabout method by The Times of India a few days ago.

Sasikala’s attempts to answer or choosing not to could lead her into the vortex of a legal whirlpool that could include a charge of murder – of none other than Jayalalithaa! Here is why:

Sasikala would have to produce a will executed by Jayalalithaa signed by the late CM in front of independent witnesses whose veracity would have to be established in a court of law. Else, Sasikala cannot legally continue to stay in Veda Nilayam, the official residence of the late CM.

The deceased CM’s niece Deepa [who also bears a striking resemblance to Jaya] had claimed nearly two months ago that she was the only surviving blood-relative of Jaya and ipso facto, the late CM’s legal heir.

The rules pertaining to wills and heirs, courtesy, The Hindu:

A WILL is the disposition of the assets made by a person during his/her lifetime intended to take effect after death. When a person dies without making a will, he/she is said to have died intestate, that is, the property is inherited by the heirs according to the law of succession.

When a person dies after making a will, it can be enforced only after a probate is issued.

A probate is identified as the copy of the will certified under the seal of the court of competent jurisdiction. No right as executor or legatee can be established unless a court of competent jurisdiction in India has granted probate of the will under which the right is claimed or has been granted.

Probate can be granted only to the executor appointed by the will.

A petition for the probate is to be filed in the court concerned along with the will.

Succession of a Hindu Female Dying Intestate Under The Hindu Succession Act

The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 and particularly its inbuilt Section 14 state the aspects of rights of a Hindu female over her property.

The property of a female Hindu dying intestate shall devolve according to the rules set out in Section 16. The could only go to:

  • Firstly, upon the sons and daughters (including the children of any pre-deceased son or daughter) and the husband;
  • Secondly, upon the heirs of the husband ;
  • Thirdly, upon the mother and father;
  • Fourthly, upon the heirs of the father; and
  • Lastly, upon the heirs of the mother

The heirs of a female intestate ought to qualify as per laws that define Agnates and Cognates.

The order of succession among agnates or cognates, as the case may be, shall be determined in accordance with the rules of preference laid down hereunder:

Agnate and cognate relationship maybe categorized as follows::

Agnates are direct descendants and/or are related to the intestate by degrees of both ascent and descent.

Cognates are collateral descendants related to the intestate by degrees of both ascent and descent [father’s and/or mother’s siblings].

If none of these are found acceptable and applicable, the property would be taken over by the state [meaning Government of Tamil Nadu] and administered as a trust.

To continue staying in Veda Nilayam, the posh Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa worth a few dozens of crores of rupees, Sasikala has to produce a legal heir certificate proclaiming her [Sasikala] as the heir apparent.

If she fails to, the property would belong to the People of Tamil Nadu and hence, its control would be in the hands of the State – or the Tamil Nadu Government who shall appoint a special officer or executor of the property.

In the unlikely possibility of Sasikala producing one such piece of paper proclaiming her to be proper and legal executors of Jayalalithaa’s will, courts shall be constrained to demand answers for the following questions:

When and where was the will signed?

Who were the witnesses?

The will has to have either the late CM’s signature and/or Left Hand Thumb Impression – the affixing of either or both – being witnessed by persons sans any vested interest in the property as witnesses and/or those who have a vested interest – endorsing such a disposal of assets but have chosen of their free will to be left out from the option of being challengers of such a will.

Modern forensic science has accorded the luxury of finding out the exact date of any ink being applied to a paper.

Those challenging the will [if such a will exists at all] can seek such a forensic test. As a result, the date and time would be established to a specific day and hour of the ink meeting the paper – or in other words, the signature and/or LTI of the deceased CM with eyewitnesses attesting the veracity of the event.

The prognosis of such a route could result in metaphorical nails being driven into the hypothetical coffin of the fledgling ‘political’ career of Sasikala.

Any resident of Tamil Nadu can file a writ in the Madras High Court under Article 226 demanding to know the truth and also pray for the eviction of Sasikala from Veda Nilayam, where, in all likelihood, she is a mere squatter and an illegal occupant.

How could Sasikala justify the presence of such witnesses and/or relatives within the ward when constitutionally empowered individuals – viz. Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao, acting CM O Panneerselvam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s representative – India’s Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Tamil Nadu’s Leader of Opposition MK Stalin were denied such a privilege?

If a fig-leaf explanation – that Apollo Hospital doctors and/or those brought in from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and/or those from abroad were the disinterested eyewitness signatories, the next question would follow.

Press reports said Jayalalithaa discussed vital government decisions with top government officials from her sick bed at the Apollo.

Relevant excerpts from a ToI report published on September 27 2016 when Jaya was in hospital:

Jayalalithaa convened an hour-long meeting with the senior officials in her room on the interim directions issued by the Supreme Court on the Cauvery issue.

The chief minister was apprised of the directions of the court on the applications filed by the states and the court orders thereafter to release water to Tamil Nadu on three occasions, an official release said.

“The CM directed PWD minister, chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, PWD secretary S K Prabakar and Cauvery Technical Cell chairman R Subramaniam to attend the meeting on behalf of state of Tamil Nadu,” the release said. The meeting in Apollo Hospitals saw the participation of chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, advocate general R Muthukumaraswamy, advisor to government Sheela Balakrishnan, principal secretary I to chief minister K N Venkataramanan and secretary A Ramalingam.

This was the last time that reports clearly stated that officials met Jaya in her hospital room.

If the CM was in a fit state to conduct a meeting, she must have initialed the note and/or made notes on the papers presented to her [as she is often known to do].

The Madras High Court can summon those papers.

Jayalalithaa is said to have personally chosen the candidates for the 3 by-elections that were held in Tamil Nadu during her hospitalisation

On November 5, a Press Trust of India report said that Jayalalithaa’s health was showing signs of improvement, citing Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Prathap Reddy had said that Jayalalithaa has “completely recovered” and it is up to her to decide when to go home, the report added.

The party tickets for the by election had the LTI of the CM and AIADMK General Secretary.

How could the events that ought to be categorised differently under political, official and personal agendas –viz. issued election tickets, matters pertaining to the governance of Tamil Nadu and the disposal of personal assets respectively be clubbed together to attest a will be congruently concentric?

If the answer this query is in the affirmative, such persons could be subjected to sustained cross-examination by a battery of eminent lawyers in open court.

In what manner were such persons [if such a list of persons exists] more important than the Governor and other constitutional functionaries allowed to meet the ailing CM?

Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan – the obvious planner behind all this has a few flies in his ointment.

The most important ones:

He had been persona non grata at the Jaya household when the late CM was alive. How did he become such a big VVIP immediately after her death – and such an important one that he was one of the last few who placed wreaths on the body before burial – rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu? Will any of the VVIPs provide an answer?

Natarajan’s statements indicate that it was Sasikala who saved Jaya’s bacon in the Disproportionate Assets’ case till the end. After Jaya’s death, she cannot be imprisoned for offences allegedly committed during her lifetime – if the Apex Court overturns the acquittal of the Karnataka High Court. If the Supreme Court agrees with the findings of Judge Kumaraswamy and his faulty calculator, rules in favour of Sasikala and other co-accused in the case, the queries about the will, testament and the probation would remain unaltered.

But, if the Apex Court agrees with the ruling of Sessions’ Judge DaCunha, Sasikala would end up in prison. The convicting authority being the SC, Sasikala will find it extremely difficult to obtain bail on the basis of an appeal – staying the judgement – provided such a leave for appeal is granted at all.

In all those scenarios, Sasikala’s chances of becoming CM through a by election or before as the case may be – would be binned.

In such a scenario and or through the will probation rigmarole, if Sasikala’s role in the Sudden Death is established prima facie, would the AIADMK legislators who were said to have overwhelmingly voted for her, agree to have a criminal-case-accused as the party GS?

A bigger can of worms are scheduled to be opened starting January 31 2017 – the ones about the ongoing Jallikkattu conundrum.

Those questions will be raised as the court hears the petitions for the bull-taming festival for one final time. It is bound to shock and awe even more.

On January 20 2017, Tamil Nadu was shut down on the issue of Jallikkattu protests. Schools, colleges, business establishments and government offices remained shut.

It was an ‘official’ shut-down.

The Apex Court Bench headed by Dipak Mishra is scheduled to hear a bunch of petitions pertaining to Jallikkattu.

Some question to be asked by the judges:

Who ‘authorised’ the shutdown of the entire state of Tamil Nadu on January 20 on account of the Jallikkattu protest?

How did a gathering that had swelled to over 500,000 gather in the arterial Beach Road bang opposite the police headquarters on the one end of the thoroughfare and the state secretariat on the other?

Was the police force blind till anti-national protestors gathered in enough strength to cause mayhem in Chennai?

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The timeline of Jaya’s last days:

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa died on December 5 2016 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. She had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, more than 70 days after she was hospitalised for complaints of “fever and dehydration”.

In the two months or so between her hospitalisation and her death, secrecy had been maintained around her health status, apart from short updates from the hospital and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

While she was hospitalized, state finance minister O. Panneerselvam was officially allocated the portfolios of Jayalalithaa as an interim arrangement and the AIADMK launched a campaign on Twitter to quell speculation about her health. After her death, Panneerselvam was appointed chief minister.

Here are the updates that were released from time to time about Jayalalithaa’s health status since she was hospitalised. Most of these statements reiterated that the chief minister would be discharged in a few days.

22 September: Jayalalithaa was admitted with complaints of “fever and dehydration”.

23 September: The hospital confirmed that her fever was under control and the chief minister had resumed normal diet.

25 September: Doctors and administrators at the hospital denied rumours that Jayalalithaa will be flown abroad for treatment.

29 September: While it was rumoured that necessary evaluation tests were being carried out, Subbiah Viswanathan, chief operating officer of the Apollo hospital, said in a statement, “The honourable chief minister has been advised few days in the hospital for recuperative treatment.”

2 October: The hospital confirmed that Dr Richard John Beale, consultant intensivist at the London Bridge Hospital, was flown in from the UK to assess Jayalalithaa’s health status. Without revealing any details, the hospital also said that the treatment plan included “appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures” to treat infection.

3 October: Another statement was issued. “The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection,” it said.

6 October: Another statement mentioned that the chief minister was making “gradual progress” and would require “longer stay at the hospital”.

8 October: Following this, it was announced that the hospital is treating her for “lung decongestion”. “All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are underway,” the hospital said. Around the same time, it was also announced that a team of doctors from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were treating the chief minister.

21 October: A health bulletin said Jayalalithaa was “interacting and progressing gradually”. The update on 21 October was the last official health bulletin from the hospital authorities, until the one on Sunday night mentioned about her cardiac arrest.

13 November: Jayalalithaa in a statement released by AIADMK said: “I have taken a rebirth due to the prayers of the people and my party cadre. What can harm me when I have your love?”

18 November: Apollo Hospital chairman Prathap C. Reddy said Jayalalithaa is able to breathe on her own without respiratory support. Jayalalithaa is being kept on ventilator for 15 minutes daily so that “her lungs could expand” and continues to be kept at the hospital’s critical care unit to avoid infection, Reddy said.

19 November: The AIADMK said the leader was shifted to a special room from the intensive critical care unit.

22 November: Jayalalithaa thanks voters for electing her party’s candidates in polls.

25 November: Reddy says Jayalalithaa speaking using tracheostomy tube valve.

4 December: AIADMK says AIIMS expert team confirms Jayalalithaa has recovered completely. Later in the day, she suffers a cardiac arrest.

5 December: Jayalalithaa put on life support, dies at 11.30pm.