Will Fugitive Scofflaw Zakir Naik Be Caught At All?

Could India’s officialdom be spreading glib lies about attempting to apprehend scofflaw hate-mongering Islamic preacher Zakir Naik?

He has reportedly applied for a Malaysian citizenship in the mainstream media.

Congress apologists and leading lights of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party are trading charges in the matter after Amir Gazdar one of his aides confessed serious wrongdoing on the part of Naik to Mumbai cops.

The real picture can be deduced from the following pointers reproduced from a blog in these columns published a year ago:

Naik’s bigger backers are located beyond the borders of India – many of them in the Middle-East. The current central government has extended olive branches to all of them to “contain terrorism” and expand trade.

Between 2013 and 2015, Naik was conferred several awards in the Middle East.

2013

Dubai International Holy Quran Award  

Islamic Personality of 2013 conferred on Naik by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Parenthesis

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Rashid Al Maktoum in 2015 August.

Modi had undertaken a two-day visit to UAE in August, a first by an Indian prime minister in 34 years.

UAE is home to 2.6 million Indians.

During the visit, the two leaders pledged to end terrorism.

On September 19 2015, Rashid Al Maktoum succumbed to a massive heart attack at the age of 33.

Parenthesis ends

Sharjah Award for Voluntary Work  

Conferred by Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah

Parenthesis:

Born in 1939, Sheikh Sultan III bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi is a member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates and current ruler of the Sharjah emirate. He has ruled Sharjah since 1972. The rule was briefly interrupted during a six-day period between 17 and 23 June 1987. It was an attempted coup led by his brother Sheikh Abd al-Aziz bin Muhammad al-Qasimi.

Parenthesis ends

2015

King Faisal International Prize

Conferred upon Naik by Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud

Parenthesis

Some of the others who won this award include King Abdullah Ibn Abd AI-Aziz of Saudi Arabia himself, Al Qasimi of UAE, Presidents Dr Hamed AI-Ghabid [Niger] and [Alija Izetbegovig] Bosnia-Herzegovina and Abdou Diouf [Senegal]; Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohammad [Malaysia] and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan [Turkey]  

On April 3 2016, Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud [who had won the above award himself] presented India’s PM Narendra Modi with the Arab nation’s highest civilian award.

Zakir Naik’s perfidy was publicly known a decade ago.

Naik was banned from entering the UK by the then Home Secretary Theresa May [currently British PM] in 2010.

“Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour,” May was quoted as saying.

The admirers of 1965-born qualified medical doctor Zakir Abdul Karim Naik have spread mayhem on a global scale since 2006.

They include Najibullah Zazi, the Afghan-American arrested for planning suicide attacks on the New York subway, Rahil Sheikh [1], accused of involvement in a series of train bombings in Mumbai in 2006 and Kafeel Ahmed, the Bangalore born man killed during a failed suicide attack on Glasgow airport in 2007.

Indian Journalist Shoaib Daniyal disagreed with Naik’s belief that “Americans swap wives at will because they eat pigs which also swap their wives”. He also pointed out that Naik’s statement that Islam allows a man to marry multiple women because “in the USA, there are more women than men”, was inconsistent with US demographic statistics.

Torkel Brekke, a professor of religious history in Norway, calls Naik a very controversial figure.

Naik’s rhetorical attack on other religions and other varieties of Islam are strongly disliked by many members of the Indian Ulema for ignoring their authority.

Indian journalists had issued warnings about Naik.

“It would be useful to consider the case of Zakir Naik, perhaps the most influential Salafi ideologue in India,” observed Praveen Swami, a senior Indian journalist in his seminal work part of a book published in 2011.Operative excerpts from its blurb:

Sections of Bollywood backed Naik.

Film producer Mahesh Bhatt supported Naik in 2010 saying the ban constituted an attack on freedom of speech.

Naik’s application for judicial review of the ban was dismissed on 5 November 2010.

The same year, Naik was forbidden to enter Canada after Tarek Fatah, founder of the Muslim Canadian Congress, warned MPs of Naik’s views.

The bans on the entry have not been lifted.

India’s mainstream media had begun their harangue in 2016.

Operative excerpts from a report in The Times of India dated July 9 2016:

Mumbai-based preacher Dr Zakir Naik, who is under the scanner after two of the Dhaka terrorists claimed he was an inspiration, seemed to have been followed by four youths from Kalyan, a Mumbai suburb. They had run away and joined the Islamic State.

Areeb Majeed, arrested for IS activities in Kashmir, is believed to have told interrogators of the National Investigation Agency that he was ‘inspired’ after hearing the lectures of Naik.

Copies of Naik’s lectures were also found in a library located in Bihar, a north Indian cow-belt state. Enquiries had revealed the facility was frequented by Indian Mujahedeen members.

One of those who regularly accessed Naik’s works is Yasin Bhatkal – now in custody in India.

Like the Dhaka terrorists, Mumbai youths hailing from well-to-do respected families are drawn towards fundamentalism-fuelled-violence caused by the speeches of Naik. Besides Areeb, the other Islamic State joiners in the knowledge of police are engineering students Fahad Shaikh and Amaan Tandel.

According to police sources, suitably brain-washed initially by Naik’s hate-speeches, Areeb Majeed’s hatred was honed by a woman, Tahirah Bhatt, who also helped him join the banned group. In turn, Majeed recruited Shaikh, Tandel and others. They fought in Iraq. Currently, Majeed is in jail. Shaikh had contacted his family a few months ago. The whereabouts of Tandel aren’t known.

“The named youths were provoked to commit anti-national activities citing the destruction of Babri Mosque and Gujarat riots. Primary sources of ‘inspiration’ were hard-copies of Naik’s works. Naik’s rallies used to witness huge footfall in Bihar,” the official added.

Families of 15 young men and women from Kerala state’s northern districts suspect their offspring may have joined the Islamic State, according to top sources in India’s southern-most state.

It is not exactly known whether Zakir Naik’s speeches had impelled the youths to take such a step. However, a Press Trust of India report published by the website catchnews.com revealed alarming aspects of this unlikely tale. Operative excerpts:

State Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the police to launch a probe into the matter urgently, said Member of Parliament P Karunakaran. He represents the north Kerala constituency of Kasargod – located on the state’s borders that touch Karnataka.

“Family members of these youths were aghast reading Whatsapp messages. ‘We are not coming back. Here there is Divine Rule. You also should join us,’ one message said. ‘We have joined IS to fight US for attacking Muslims,’ said another. These youths were visiting the Middle-East for religious studies. We brought it to the notice of CM P Vijayan,” said Karunakaran. He had been apprised of the issue by a local body leader VPP Mustafa and a legislator M Rajagopalan.

This group comprises men, women, couple and even a child travelling along with parents.

The abhorrence of family members back home is apparent from the statement issued by Hakim, a male parent of one of the ‘missing’ youths.

“If my son returns as a good man, I will welcome him. If not, I do not want to see even his dead body,” Hakim was quoted as saying.

According to Rajagopalan, all those missing were below the age of 30 and highly qualified. This motley ‘missing’ crowd includes a medical doctor couple and an engineering graduate, his wife and a 2-year-old child. Before dropping out of sight, different persons in this group had presented varying tales for leaving Kerala. The reasons included visiting families far away job search.

The youths’ approach to life had undergone a sudden change during the last 2 years after accessing inflammatory Islamic literature, Rajagopalan added.

Surely Zakir Naik is an influential man.

Naik was ranked 89 on The Indian Express’s list of the “100 Most Powerful Indians in 2010”.

Naik was ranked 82 in the 2009 edition.

BBC’s Sanjiv Buttoo says he is acknowledged as an authority on Islam. However, he warns that Naik is known for making negative remarks about other religions.

US based senior journalist Sadanand Dhume observes that Naik has a ‘carefully crafted image of moderation’. This has been achieved through a gentle demeanour, dress sense of wearing of a suit and tie and his quoting of scriptures of other religions.

Naik was also listed in the book The 500 Most Influential Muslims under honourable mention from 2009 through 2014.

[1]

Seven serial blasts had ripped through Mumbai’s suburban railway network at peak hour on July 11, 2006, leaving at least 147 dead. The death toll had risen to 189 later. The incidents’ mastermind was Rahil Sheikh, currently in prison.

Sheikh is a trained as a computer engineer.

Sheikh’s brothers – Faisal and Muzammil were charged in the 2006 bombings.

Sheikh’s telephone records had indicated that he had been receiving calls from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Also, it has been suggested that he was acting as the point man to collect funds and pass it on to the LeT which is said to have carried out the attacks.

Sheikh is said to have travelled to Pakistan.

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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

Mumbai cops actively protect Indian criminals

The safest haven for criminals in India that is Bharat – is the nation’s financial capital – Mumbai!

The following documented crimes and their perpetrators are living testimonies to this reprehensible phenomenon:

Pakistan-based 26/11 and 1993 terrorists’ financiers continue to operate in Mumbai with impunity.

Since 2013, the sinking of a naval submarine remains unsolved despite the then Defence Minister AK Antony saying in parliament that he suspected enemy action! India’s mainstream media [MSM] cares two hoots about this.

Rafique Malik Tejani, a pillar of Mumbai’s 5-star-cocktail circuit has been accused of being in cahoots with the likes of Dawood Ibrahim and others time and again. The 3-year-long cover-up was achieved through the July 2016 so-called suicide of a shady media hack blackmailer.

Tejani reportedly had a suspect role in the enemy action that sank Mumbai’s guard-ship submarine – Sindhurakshak in 2014. The matter was exposed for the nth time in 2016. No action was taken!

Instead of being hauled up before the law, Tejani and the company Metro House – headed by him – have allegedly usurped property owned by Mumbai Port Trust.[1]

The crimes are being committed with impunity – thanks to ‘cooperative operating methods’ of the ‘yellow-section’ of India’s Mainstream Media [MSM]. The controls are in Karachi, Islamabad and Beijing!

There is worse.

Mumbai cops shamelessly collaborate with gangsters. The system plays musical chairs with a few careers. [2]

The third most important case pertains to Zakir Naik – who is having a jolly time abroad. Mumbai cops keep pretending to attempt nabbing Naik.

It is one of the most vain cover-up attempts – with the help of former Mumbai cops occupying pivotal position in Saudi Arabia! [3]

These columns had clearly exposed how and why Zakir Naik may never return to India.

Finally, there is India’s most wanted terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim.

Ibrahim is said to be linked to India’s Vigilance Commissioner for Banking Operations – TM Bhasin.

Bhasin is involved in a lot worse!

Among other things, Bhasin has been suspected of being in cahoots with international terrorist criminal Dawood Ibrahim to destroy India’s finance sector by mounting an attack on India’s international banking showpiece – the Bank of Baroda.

For further details on criminal banker Bhasin’s financial misdemeanours, download and read:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/CVC-seeks-action-against-Indian-bank-CMD-ex-ED/articleshow/22177194.cms

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Dawood’s Mumbai based accomplices are linked to an Rs.2, 60, 00,000 crores scandal tied to the Mumbai’s Port Trust. Top 5 newspapers of Mumbai carried a fallacious report about the building now called Metro House.

The plinth area of Metro House on whose ground floor a beer-joint Café Mondegar is located is 1457 square metres [a little over 14,500 square feet]. Upon this plot, 4 floors totally measuring some 57,000 square feet have been erected. The rough per-square-foot price in the area is Rs.1, 00,000. The calculable commercial value of the building on that basis is Rs.5.70 crores. But a mere 20 sq ft shop abutting the pavement has a value of Rs.3 crores. On that basis, the conservative commercial value is at least 1000 times more or simply, Rs.5.70 lakh crores! 

Metro House is situated within a 1 km radius of the offices of the Maharashtra state’s Director General of Police, the 26/11 Pak Terrorism victim Taj Mahal Hotel and Leopold Cafe, the biggest Jewish shrine of worship in Mumbai, besides the State Legislative Assembly and Secretariat.

Café Mondegar – a beer joint – frequented by the rich young crowd – was about to be evicted on April 19 2015, reports believed to have been planted by a media racketeer masquerading as a journalist Saumit Sinh, said.

The originally planted news item dated April 17 2015:

http://mumbaiwalla.com/cafe-mondegar-faces-eviction-after-bpt-terminates-building-lease/

The Times of India had to eat humble pie by publishing this report on April 21 2015 – because its sister publication Mumbai Mirror had published a report on April 18 2015 saying Mondegar would be evicted.

Operative excerpts from the ‘humble-pie’ report published in The Times of India on April 21 2015:

Eviction proceeding against the iconic Metro house in Colaba that houses Cafe Mondegar, did not begin on Monday [April 20 2015].

[The above paragraph implied the eviction was scheduled for April 20 2015.]

Metro House, a lease holder of the property, and other tenants had received a notice for termination of lease agreement by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) last November 2014 and respondents have reply within six months.

Indian Express dated April 18 2015 scored its own goal. Excerpts:

Cafe Mondegar, an iconic watering hole, now faces closure. The restaurant and pub is among the 23 tenants of the Metro House in Colaba which was issued a lease termination letter by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) in November last year for violation of lease norms.

The occupants of the building, including Cafe Mondegar, were given time to vacate the property, and the deadline ends on Sunday, April 19.

The eviction notice, served on November 19, 2014, says that the lessee of the building, Metro House Pvt Ltd, has flouted every possible term of the lease, including multiple instances of illegal subletting and alterations, unauthorized constructions of mezzanine floors, lofts, installation of mobile towers, besides unpaid rent, service tax and interest. The MbPT has also slapped a compensation demand of Rs. 76,16,537 (including interest, service tax) which was supposed to be paid by the tenants within one month after they received the notice.

Ex-Mumbai Port Trust chairman Ravi Parmar said, “We have served a notice terminating the lease of Metro House. After the notice period expires on April 19, we will start eviction procedure.

Operative excerpts from a report in the Daily News and Analysis dated April 23 2015 – which formed the fig-leaf cover-up:

The Metro House Pvt Ltd, which houses the famous Cafe Mondegar, has been issued an eviction notice by the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). The last day for response is slated as May 19.

The Metro House Mystery

The building and the land on which it [Metro House] is constructed have belonged to the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay since 1873.

In the Small Causes Court – a matter is actually pending in a contorted manner. In one of its rulings, the Small Causes Court says:

“Admittedly, the plaintiffs [viz. Cafe Mondegar and a small roadside shop Shankar Book Stall locked in a legal dispute concerning a shop within the Metro House building] are tenants of the premises, Unit No. 2, 5 and 6 owned by Metro House Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.”

The Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999 declares in its own text at Section 3 that its provisions do not apply to a premises owned by the government or by a local authority and the Board of Trustees of the Port of Bombay is one such local authority.

Mumbai Port Trust’s lawyer has claimed ownership of his principals on the plot of land leased to Metro House since 1995.

Relevant excerpts from the notice issued to Metro House:

 My clients … [owners of the building located on] a plot of land bearing RR No. 2100 [Old RR No. 1312] the Trustees of the Port of Bombay had granted lease by registered lease deed dated 4-4-1995 admeasuring 1457 sq. mtrs … for a period of 30 years commencing from 1.03.1991 and expiring on 28.02.2021. My clients Trustees Resolution No. 39 of 1991, the board accords [sic] its sanction for grant of fresh lease in renewal of expired lease of the above premises in your [Metro House’s] favour.”

The original lease was in the name of a Muslim Trust or Wakf that had ended on July 31 1986.

A copy of a sort of circular dated December 2 1986 on the letterhead of Khanbahadur Haji S. Meharbakhsh 1st Wakf-alal-Aulad about Aboobaker Mansion, 23-23B-25 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 addressed to all tenants, signed by (i) Shaikh Abdul Aziz Meherbaksh; (ii) Shaikh Abdul Haq Meherbaksh; and (iii) Amjad Aziz Meherbaksh says:

We hereby intimate to you that by an irrevocable power of Attorney executed by us today appointed, constituted and nominated MALEK SULTAN ABDUL MALIK TEJANI and SHRI RAFIQUE ABDUL MALEK TEJANI as our attorneys to hold and manage overall affairs of our immovable property known as “ABOOBAKER” Mansion situated at 23-23B and 25 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Colaba Causeway, Bombay 400 039 with full powers and authority inclusive of recovering arrears and accruing rent/compensation and mesne profit from the Tenants/Occupiers of the property.

We have therefore to require you to pay the arrears and accruing future rent/compensation and mesne profit and all other charges to our said Attorneys and deal with them directly without any reference to us.

On 2nd December 1986, the Wakf and its Mutwallis had no claim of any sort on the building including any income derived from it.

In simple terms, Metro House was an illegal occupant claiming to be in possession of the building on the basis of a non-existent lease – which was renewed by the Mumbai Port Trust on 1-03-1991.

How can Mumbai Port Trust renew a NONEXISTENT lease?

The owners of Metro House are directly linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings and the multi-thousand crore rupee Cobbler Scandal.

One of so-called subtenants of Metro House – Cafe Mondegar – reportedly was one of the sites of the 26/11 planning done by David Coleman Headley.  

The owners of Metro House destroyed the career of an honest income tax official and hounded him for 12 long years.

Rafique Malik [a.k.a. Rafik] with the family name Tejani has sinister political connections that touch the 1993 Mumbai bomb-blasts, city-based criminals linked to Dawood Ibrahim who are all in turn linked to powerful politicians – like Sharad Pawar. Excerpts from an article published on August 12 2014:

Link:

http://tsvhari.blogspot.in/2014/08/gadkari-spying-saga-unearths-sinister.html

[By blocking my Gmail account, Google has blocked this blog and hence helped the enemies of India.]

Excerpts from a Times of India report dated October 25 1996 P7 under the heading Shoe scam accused aided in the city’s1993 serial bomb blasts:

“During the arguments in the case, Public Prosecutor VT Tulpule contended that a confidential report from the Intelligence Bureau hinted that the accused persons [comprising Rafik Malik of Metro Shoes, Kishore Signapurkar of Milano Shoes, who owned shops in Karachi and Singapore] had used a portion of the money to fund the serial bomb blasts that rocked the metropolis on March 12 1993.

[Emphasis added].

Excerpts from Times of India [Bombay Times] report dated October 30 1996 under the heading:

IT officer who raided Dawood Shoes falsely implicated. “Exactly 12 years after [income tax department assistant director] Manoj Mishra first exposed tax evasions [by Dawood and Metro Shoes] Mumbai Police has now begun unearthing the skeletons of the multi-crore fraud … known as the Cobbler Scam.”

“Justice VH Bhairavia of the Mumbai High Court …[observed in his judgement thus]:It is clear that the complainant [Sadruddin Daya] who was designated for some time as the Sheriff of Greater Bombay … has gone to the extent of creating a false case against innocent officers such as the appellant [Mishra].”

“Mishra had been raided by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Daya had [claimed to have] handed over Rs. 2.5 lakh to the officer [Mishra].”

“Mishra had been suspended and convicted to rigorous imprisonment for 3 years and a fine of R.50,000 was imposed on him.” The verdict came in August 1995 [12 years after his conviction].

“Mishra’s lawyers argued that over Rs.2.5 crores were due from Daya.” Among the political links being investigated is that of former Maharashtra chief minister, Sharad Pawar.

Excerpts from an Outlook India report:

Link: http://m.outlookindia.com/story.aspx/?sid=4&aid=202844

Investigations have revealed Tejani to be a director of the Rs. 500-crore Dynamix Dairy Products Private Ltd in which Pawar is believed to have a stake through the holdings of family members.

For more download and read here:

Wikipedia suggests that Sharad Pawar has other questionable links:

In 2002–03, the then Maharashtra Chief Minister Sudhakarrao made a statement that the state leader of Indian National Congress party and erstwhile Chief Minister Sharad Pawar, had asked him to “go easy on Pappu Kalani”, a well-known criminal-turned-politician now.

Sudhakarrao also alleged that it was possible that Kalani and Hitendra Thakur, another criminal-turned-politician from Virar, had been given tickets to contest election for Maharashtra State Legislature at the behest of Sharad Pawar who also put in a word for Naik with the police when the latter was arrested for his role in post-Babri Masjid Demolition riots in Mumbai.

Sharad Pawar is also alleged to have close links with the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim through Ibrahim’s henchman Lakhan Singh based in the Middle East and close relationship with Shahid Balwa, also a suspect in the 2G spectrum scam. In turn, Balwa has links with currently disgraced BJP leader Eknath Ganpatrao Khadse. It was alleged that it was Balwa who had applied for environmental clearance for two of the projects linked to Pawar linked to the kingpin in the stamp paper scam, Abdul Karim Telgi cited a link from the magazine Outlook.

Link:

http://m.outlookindia.com/story.aspx/?sid=4&aid=202844

Café Mondegar is run by the Rusi Yezdegardi clan since the 1930’s.

A member of the Yezdegardi family sought to evict a Shankar Bookstall located on its periphery since 1952 by filing a case in the Court of Small Causes at Bombay vide a suit filed under the Maharashtra Rent Control Act 1999.

The plaint cited Metro House Private Limited as the owners of the building to whom the café pay pays to a monthly rent of Rs. 14,761.65 which includes Rs. 7,909.36 earmarked for ground rent levied by the Board of the Mumbai Port Trust.

The Trial Court chose to dismiss the suit. It, however, stated in its ruling, “Admittedly, both the plaintiffs are tenant of the premises i.e., Unit No. 2, 5 and 6 owned by Metro House Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai.”

On two floors of Abu Baker Mansion – lodging houses are being run. They are said to be linked to Nigerian drug and weapons’ smugglers reportedly operated between India and Thailand. A few of them are in a prison in Bangkok.

A series of 13 coordinated bomb explosions carried out at the behest of international terrorist fugitive Dawood Ibrahim shook Bombay [renamed Mumbai later] on 12 March 1993, the first of its kind resulting 257 fatalities and 717 injuries.

The bombs were planted by his henchmen Tiger and Yakub – whose second name is Memon – the sect to which Dawood himself belongs to.

On the basis of India’s Apex court ruling, the Maharashtra state government executed Yakub Memon, on 30 July 2015.

Harvard educated Metro House boss Tejani was arrested in the 1993 serial bomb-blast case as one of the persons who funded the blasts.

The prosecution opposed his bail.

In a simple move, Mumbai Port Trust obliged Tejani by creating a fake lease deed that became operational from 1991 to hide the 1993 stigma.

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Depending on the political equations in Maharashtra and the links of its underworld dons, top cops’ careers end up stinking or smell of roses.

Here are examples.

In May 2016, IPS officer Atulchandra Kulkarni assumed charge as the new chief of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) – which – for all purposes is a posting of little consequence – these days.

Kulkarni replaced Vivek Phansalkar. The latter was transferred to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

In January, he had been promoted to the rank of additional director general (ADG) of police – and thus came to possess the same rank as Datta Padsalgikar, currently Commissioner of Police.

Said to have serious differences with current Commissioner of Police Padsalgikar, Kulkarni had set his eyes on the post of Special Police Commissioner. He said as much in SMS messages to his friends in the press.

It was at that point that the athletic Padsalgikar handed Kulkarni – what Mumbai media hacks call the “French letter” posting of ATS Chief.

Incidentally, Padsalgikar has a Master’s degree in French literature.

But CM Devendra Fadnavis shot such plans down.

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The earlier CP – Ahmad Javed had taken over the post from another controversial cop Rakesh Maria.

Incidentally, Javed is India’s top diplomat in Saudi Arabia – where Islamic agent provocateur par excellence – Zakir Naik is ensconced.

The same Mumbai police officers are play acting – saying it is trying to nab Naik!

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.

உளவுகாத்த கிளி – 13

“உங்களுக்கு நேரடியாப் பேசற பழக்கமுண்டா?”

“உண்டே!”

“அப்போ, அப்படியே பேசுவோமே! இந்த அளவுக்குச் சுழற்ற வேண்டியதில்லை. இது ஒரு காஷுவல் சந்திப்பு இல்ல. நீங்க எனக்காக…”

அவர் இடைமறித்தார்.

“என் ஃப்ரென்ட்ஸ் எல்லாம் என்னை Bob ன்னு கூப்பிடுவாங்க. சர்ச்சுல எனக்கு வெச்ச பெயர் Robert Louis. ராபர்ட்ன்ற பெயர் பழங்காலத்துல சுருங்கினப்ப அது பாப் ஆச்சு…. இங்க்லீஷ்ல ராப் ன்னா கொள்ளை அடிக்கறதுன்னு அர்த்தம் … ங்கற காரணத்தால கூட அப்படி நடந்திருக்கலாம். உன்னோட காவல்துறை ஃப்ரென்ட்ஸ் – துர்லபாடின்ற பெயரை சுருக்கி துருன்னு கூப்பிடுவாங்கன்னு கேள்விப்பட்டேன். … ரொம்ப நேரடியாப் பேசறேனோ?”

“அடங்கொக்கா… மக்கா….”

“பொடாங்…. கொய்யால!”

சிரித்துக் கொண்டே நம்ம ஊர் தமிழில் பதில் சொன்னான்.

எனக்கு ஷாக்.

“இந்த அளவுக்கு நாங்க ஒற்றர் பணியில சித்து வேலை பண்ணக்கூடியவங்கன்னு காட்டினதால தான் நாங்க உலகத்துல பெரிய பகுதியை ஆள முடிஞ்சுது. நீங்களும் ஒண்ணும் கொறஞ்சவங்க இல்ல. காஷ்மீர்ல பாகிஸ்தான் செய்யற நாசவேலைக்கு – பழிக்குப் பழி வாங்க – பலூச்சிஸ்தான்ல உங்க ஆளுங்க புகுந்து விளையாடிகிட்டு இருக்காங்க. விடுதலைப் புலிகள் தலைவன் பிரபாகரனோட கும்பல்ல, இறுதி நேரத்துல அவனைச் சுத்தி இருந்த ஆளுங்கள்ள உங்க நாட்டு ஒற்றன் முக்கியமானவன். அதோட விளைவா, 2009 ஜனவரியில இலங்கைப் படைத் தளபதி ஃபோன்ஸேக்கா, பிரபாகரன் இலங்கையிலேந்து தப்பிச்சிருக்கலாம்னு சொன்னான். அதிபர் தேர்தல்ல கோட் அடிச்சி, போர்க் குற்றவாளி ராஜபக்ஸ உபயத்துல 3 வருஷம் ஃபோன்ஸேக்கா ஜெயில்ல இருந்தான். அந்தப் பய இப்பக்கூட வெளி நாடுகளுக்குப் போக முடியாது. நாங்க ரொம்ப நாளா இந்த ஜிகினா வேலைகளைப் பண்ணறதால எங்க மெத்தட் ரொம்ப ஸாஃபிஸ்டிகேடட் மாதிரி தெரியிது. ஆக்ச்சுவலி, எல்லா விஷயத்துலயும் இன்டியன்ஸ் ஆர் காச்சிங் அப். நாங்க கண்டுபிடிச்ச விளையாட்டான கிரிக்கட்டையே எடுத்துக்க. 1983 ல, உங்க ஊரு டீம், கபில் தேவ் தலைமைல எங்க ஊருக்கு வந்து உலகக் கோப்பையை தட்டிகிட்டு போச்சு. இப்போ இருக்கறதுலேயே ஸ்ட்ராங்கான டீம்ல இந்தியா டாப்ல இருக்கு. கிரிக்கட்டோட கடவுளான சச்சின் யார்க்ஷைர் கவுன்ட்டி டீமுக்காக ஆடறப்ப, நா எல்லாம் லீட்ஸ் க்ரவுண்டுல நின்னு, விடாம விசிலடிச்சிரிக்கேன். உளவுத் துறைலயும் உங்க நாடு வர்ல்டு சாம்பியன் லெவலுக்கு வந்துரும். 2002ல குஜராத்ல நடந்த சம்பவங்கள்னால அந்த ஊர் ஸி எம் மோடிக்கு எங்க ஊருக்கு வர விசா இல்லன்னு இன்னமும் பாவலா பண்ணிகிட்டு இருக்கோம். ஆனா, எல்லா மேற்கத்திய நாடுகளோட தலைமைகளுக்கும். உண்மையில அவரை ரொம்பப் பிடிக்கும். அவரு பிரதமராகறப்ப எல்லா மேற்கத்திய நாடுகளும் அவருக்கு விழுந்து விழுந்து உபச்சாரம் பண்ணும்.”

“குஜராத்னு நீ திடீர்ன பேச்சை மாத்தின…”

“அதுக்கான காரணம் பில்கிஸ் அஷ்ரஃப் கான்.”

அதிர்ந்து போனேன்.

பில்கிஸ் காரணத்தால தான் நான் சாவித்ரியை விவாகரத்துப் பண்ண வேண்டி வந்தது. பில்கிஸ் கானுக்கும் அவ புருஷன் அஷ்ரஃபுக்கும் அடைக்கலம் குடுத்த காரணத்துனால சாவித்ரி உட்பட என்னோட வேட்டகத்து மனிஷங்க அவ்வளவு பேரும் தீக்கிரையானார்கள்.

அந்த வெள்ளைக்காரன் தொடர்ந்தான்.

“சாவித்ரியும் அவங்க பேரன்ட்ஸும் செத்தது ஹின்டூஸ் வெச்ச தீயினால இல்ல. குஜராத்ல மதக் கலவரங்களத் தூண்ட பாகிஸ்தான் ஒரு பெரிய கேம் ஆடினாங்க. மேலும், அந்தப் பொம்பள பேரு பில்கிஸ் கானே இல்ல. நிஜப் பெயர் ஜீனத் இப்ராஹிம் தரார். பாகிஸ்தானின் ஐ எஸ் ஐ உளவு ஸ்தாபனத்தில் இப்ப கர்னல் பதவில இருக்கற அதிகாரி. ஆனா, அதுக்கு எந்த ரெக்கார்டும் கிடையாது. அவளும், அவளோட கணவனா நடிச்ச அவளோட ஸுபீரியர் ஆஃபீஸர் அஷ்ரஃப் கான் ங்கற பெயர்ல சுத்தின இன்னொரு ஸ்பை – ஆலம்கீர் கான் பிஸஞ்சோ. இப்போ அவன் ப்ரிகேடியர் ராங்க் அதிகாரி …. அவனோட பெயரும் ரெக்கார்ட்ல கிடையாது …. ரெண்டு பேரும் இப்போ மாளத்தீவோட குடிமக்கள் வேஷத்துல – டெல்லியில ஏதோ பிஸினஸ் பண்ணறதாப் பொய் சொல்லிகிட்டு உளவு வேலை பார்க்கறாங்க.”

மனதுள் கொப்புளித்த கோபத்தை கஷ்டப்பட்டு அடக்கினேன்.

“ஏன் … எப்படி??”

“இந்த ரெண்டு பாகிஸ்தான் உளவாளிங்களும் பண்ணற நாச வேலை என்னன்னு …ஒரு நாள் சாவித்ரிக்கு அகஸ்மாத்தாப் புரிஞ்சு போச்சு. ரொம்ப கில்டியா ஃபீல் பண்ணினா. நீ என்ன வேலை செய்யறன்னு சாவித்ரிக்குத் தெரியாது. உன்கிட்ட மன்னிப்புக் கேட்டு, மறுபடியும் உன்னோட ஒண்ணு சேர முடிவு பண்ணி, ஒரு லெட்டர் எழுத ஆரம்பிச்சா. அந்த நேரத்துல பில்கிஸ் வீட்டுல இல்ல. கொஞ்சம் அஜாக்கிரதையா அதை டேபிள் மேல வெச்சு பாத்ரூம் போன நேரத்துல, பில்கிஸ் வீட்டுக்குள்ள வந்தா. அந்த லெட்டர் அவ கண்ணுல பட்டிரிச்சி. நீ என்ன வேலை பண்ணறன்னு உன் பொண்டாட்டிக்கு வேணும்னாத் தெரியாம இருந்திருக்கலாம். ஆனா, ஜீனத் ன்ற பில்கிஸுக்குத் தெரியும். ரெண்டு பேருமா ஒரு மயக்க மருந்து ஸ்ப்ரே அடிச்சி சாவித்ரி, அவங்க பேரன்ட்ஸ் எல்லாரையும் unconscious ஆக்கினாங்க. கவனமா உன் வைஃப் எழுதின லெட்டரை தூக்கி தன்னோட ஹேன்ட் பேக்ல பில்கிஸ் வெச்சிகிட்டா. மற்ற எல்லா ருசுக்களையும் சுருட்டி இடுத்துகிட்டா. கொண்டு போக முடியாத ஆதாங்கள் மேல பேட்ரோலை ஊத்தினா. வீட்டுக்கு வெளியே வர்றப்ப, கிச்சன்ல சமையல் கியாஸைத் திறந்து விட்டு, பத்து நிமிஷத்துல வெடிக்கற ஒரு சின்ன டைம் பாம் உள்ள வெச்சிட்டு, சத்தம்போடாம காந்தி நகர் பக்கம், ஹின்டூஸ் வேஷத்துல போயிட்டாங்க. எதுக்கும் இருக்கட்டும்னு வெறிபிடிச்ச ஒரு ஹின்டூ கும்பலுக்கு, உன் வைஃப் ஃபேமிலி முஸ்லிம்ஸ்க்கு அடைக்கலம் குடுத்த விஷயத்தை வத்திவெச்சிட்டாங்க. அந்தக் கும்பல், உன் வைஃப்“ஃபேமிலியை ‘தண்டிக்க’ அவங்க பங்களாவை நெருங்கறதுக்கும் அந்த டைம் பாம் வெடிக்கறதுக்கும் கரெக்டா இருந்தது. எரிய ஆரம்பிச்ச வீட்டுல இந்தப் பைத்தியக்கார கும்பலும் கொள்ளிக்கட்டைகளை எறிஞ்சிச்சி. அந்த ஃபேமிலி அந்த மதக்கலவரத்தோட இன்னொரு செட் ஆஃப் விக்டிம்ஸ்னு எல்லாரும் நெனச்சாங்க. ஆவணங்கள் அதைத் தான் சொல்லுது. ரொம்பப் பேர் அதை உண்மைன்னு நம்பினாங்க. அதுல நீயும் சேர்த்தி.”

“இதெல்லாம் உனக்கு எப்படித் தெரியும்?”

“ரொம்ப நாளாவே ஐ எஸ் ஐ யும் இலங்கையோட தமிழ் புலிகள் மத்தியில இருக்கற சில பேருக்கும் உள்ள தகாத உறவு எங்களுக்குத் தெரியும். அந்தக் கட்டிச் சொத்துக்குள்ள ஒரு பெருச்சாளியை நாங்க அனுப்பினோம். இன்ஃபர்மேஷன் வர ஆரம்பிச்சுது. அந்தப் பெருச்சாளியை புலிகள் இந்தியாவுக்கு ட்ரான்ஸ்ஃபர் பண்ணின டைம்ல தான் இலங்கைக் கலவரம் அதிகமாயி… அதுல கொஞ்சம் காம்ப்ளிக்கேஷன்…. எப்படியோ … அந்த ஏஜன்டோட ஐடென்டிடி பாகிஸ்தான் டீமுக்குத் தெரிஞ்சுபோச்சு … இந்த ஏஜன்டுக்குப் பணத் தட்டுப்பாடு இருக்கற ஒரு வீக் மொமென்ட்ல … கள்ள நோட் மேட்டரை செட் அப் பண்ணி … “

பாப் கை கொஞ்சம் நடுங்கிற்று. மீண்டும் ஒரு சிகரெட்டைப் பற்ற வைத்தான்.

“அந்த ஏஜன்டோட பெயர் … சிவபுண்ணியம் பட்குணராஜா. கோட் நேம் அமேலியா லூயிஸ்.”

“வக்காளி!”

“நாங்க அவள நேரடியா வெளியே எடுக்க ட்ரை பண்ணினது வெளியே தெரிஞ்சா ரொம்பச் சிக்கலாயிரும்னு, உன் மூலமா அத்தச் செஞ்சு, ஃபுள் டீடெயில்ஸ அவ மூலமாவே உனக்குக் குடுக்கலாம்னு இருந்தப்ப…  பாவம் … அமேலியான்ற சிவபுண்ணியத்தை ஜெயிலுக்கு வெளியே போட்டுத் தள்ளிட்டாங்க. தனக்கு ஏதாவது ஒண்ணு ஆச்சுன்னா, உனக்கு ஒரு கிஃப்ட் குடுக்க சிவபுண்ணியம் முடிவு செஞ்சிருந்தா. அதைக் குடுக்கறதுக்காகத் தான் நா இங்க காத்துகிட்டு இருக்கேன்.”

அவன் தனது பெட்டியைத் திறந்தான்.

“ஜெட் ஏர்வேஸ் டெல்லி ஃப்ளைட்… லாஸ்ட் கால் ஃபார் மிஸ்டர் ராபர்ட் லூயி,”ன்னு அறிவிப்பு என் காதில் விழுந்தது.

ஒரு கனமான கவரை எடுத்த ராபர்ட், கவனமாகப் பெட்டியை மூடி, எழுந்து நடக்க ஆயத்தமாயி, அதை என்னிடம் நீட்டினான்.

“உன்னை எப்படி ரீச் பண்ணறதுன்னு எங்களுக்குத் தெரியும். இந்த நேரத்துல கேள்வி எதுவும் கேக்காத பதில் சொல்ல நேரமில்ல. ஃப்ளைட்க்கு டைம் ஆயிரிச்சி. கவர்ல நிறையா ஸர்ப்ரைஸஸ்…” சம்பிரதாயத்திற்கு கை குலுக்கி, அவன் விறுவிறுவென நடந்து சென்று விட்டான்.

கவரைப் பிரித்தேன்.

சுமார் 15 காகிதங்கள்.

எல்லாவற்றுக்கும் மேலே… எனக்கு மிகவும் பழக்கமான கையெழுத்தில், சாவித்ரி இறுதியா “டார்லிங் துரு”ன்னு கடிதத்தை ஆரம்பிச்சிருந்ததை கவனித்தேன். மனசை என்னவோ செய்தது.

-தொடரும்.

பின் குறிப்பு:

இந்தக் கதையின் முன் அத்தியாயங்களைப் படிக்க, கீழ்க்காணும் லிங்குகளைக் க்ளிக் செய்யவும்:

அத்தியாயம் 12அத்தியாயம் 11அத்தியாயம் 10அத்தியாயம் 9அத்தியாயம் 8அத்தியாயம் 7அத்தியாயம் 6அத்தியாயம் 5அத்தியாயம் 4அத்தியாயம் 3;  அத்தியாயம் 2அத்தியாயம் 1

உளவுகாத்த கிளி – 12

The latest chapter from my international spy thriller penned in Tamil.
இந்தக் கதையின் முன் அத்தியாயங்களைப் படிக்க, கீழ்க்கண லிங்குகளைக் க்ளிக் செய்யவும்:

அத்தியாயம் 11

அத்தியாயம் 10

அத்தியாயம் 9

அத்தியாயம் 8

அத்தியாயம் 7

அத்தியாயம் 6

அத்தியாயம் 5

அத்தியாயம் 4

அத்தியாயம் 3

அத்தியாயம் 2

அத்தியாயம் 1

“இந்தத் தொழிலை ஒரு வித வியாபார ஸ்தாபன அடைகாத்தல் – [ஆங்கிலத்தில் Incubation] ன்னு  வர்ணிக்கலாம். இது ஏதோ புதுசா டெவலப் ஆனதா சில பேரு சித்தரிக்கறாங்க. ஆனா, இந்த யுக்தி ரொம்பப் பழசு. ஒரு விதத்துல, இது கி பி 1600ல ஆரம்பிச்சதுன்னுகூடச் சொல்லலாம்.” சொல்லும்போது அவரிடம் ஒரு விதமான கேலி கலந்த நமட்டுச் சிரிப்பு.

எனகுக் கோபம் வந்தது.

“1600 ல உங்க நாட்டோட கிழக்கு இந்தியக் கம்பெனி எங்க ஊருக்கு வியாபாரம் செய்ய வந்திச்சின்னு நினைவு. வியாபாரம் பண்ணவந்த வெள்ளையன், எங்க நாட்டுக் குறைமதிக் குறு நில மன்னர்களோட பேராசையைப் பயன்படுத்தி, இல்லாத வில்லங்கப் பத்திரங்களை  உருவாக்கி, எங்களை சட்ட விரோதமா 1947 வரைக்கும் ஆண்டாங்க,” என்றேன்.

“உங்க கோணத்துலேந்து பார்த்தால், அப்படித் தெரியும். அதுக்கான கோபம் கூட நியாயம் தான். ஆனா, என்றைக்குமே, எவனும் தானதர்மத்துக்காக வியாபாரம் செய்யறதில்லை. ஏமாறறவங்க அகப்பட்டா, எவன் வேணும்னாலும் ஏமாத்திக் கொள்ளை அடிப்பான். எங்க ஊரின் பழங்காலத்து ஆளுங்க இதுக்கு விதிவிலக்கில்ல. பார்க்கப்போனா, சுமார் 3,000 வருஷங்களுக்கு முன்னால அலக்ஸான்டர் புருஷோத்தமர் ங்கற மன்னரை உங்க ஊரு ஆளு ஒருத்தர் – ஆம்பி ராஜா தான் காட்டிக் குடுத்தாரு. அன்னியர்கள் ஆட்சி ஆரம்பமாயிரிச்சி. அப்புறம் சீனாவோட ஜெங்கிஸ் கான் லேந்து தொடங்கி, நாடிர் ஷா ன்னு எத்தனையோ பெயர்கள். அவனவன் வெவ்வேற காரணங்களச் சொன்னான். அவ்வளவுதான். அதுக்கப்புறமா, சொந்த மாமனார் காட்டிக் குடுத்ததுனால தான் டெல்லியை ஆண்ட ப்ரித்விராஜ் சௌஹான் முஹம்மது கோரி கிட்ட தோற்றான். கோரியோட அடிமைகள் பல தசாப்தங்கள் ஆண்டாங்க. அதுக்கப்புறம் அந்த ஆட்சி நாற ஆரம்பிச்சுது. அதுல ஒருத்தன் பேரு துக்ளக். அந்த வகையறாவுல கடைசி ஆளு இப்ராஹிம் லோதி. அவனை வேற ஒரு உள்ளூர்க்காரன் – ஆஃப்கானிஸ்தான்லேந்து வந்த பாபர் கிட்டக் காட்டிக் குடுத்தான். – முகலாயர்கள் இந்த நாட்டை சில நூற்றாண்டுகள் ஆண்டாங்க. ஐரோப்பாவுலேந்து – ஃப்ரெஞ்சுக் காரங்க, நெதர்லான்டு காரங்க, இத்தாலியருங்க, ப்ரிட்டன் … இப்படி எல்லாரும் நாடு பிடிக்க வெவ்வேற அணுகுமுறையை யூஸ் பண்ணினாங்க.”

அவர் சொன்னது எனது கோபத்தை அதிகரிக்கச் செய்தது.

“அன்னியர்கள் பண்ணின தப்புக்களை நீங்க நியாயப்படுத்தறது போலத் தெரியுதே!”

“எல்லாக் குற்றவாளிகளும் அதைச் செய்யறது சகஜம். உங்க ஊரு மஹாத்மா காந்தியைத் தவிர, எவனுமே, தானா முன்வந்து, ‘அய்யா நான் செஞ்சது சட்டப்படிக் குற்றம். அதுனால என்னை, கால தாமதம் பண்ணாம தண்டியுங்கன்னு’ சொன்னதே கிடையாது.”

பீஹார் மாநிலத்தின் சம்பாரன் பகுதியில், போதைப் பொருளாக விற்கப்படும்போது கொள்ளை லாபம் ஈட்டித் தந்த அபினி என்ற போதை வஸ்துவுக்கு சிவனார் வேம்பு [ஆங்கிலத்தில் Indigo plantation, ஓபியம்] என்று அழைக்கப்பட்ட செடிகளை ஏழைகளை அடிமைகளாக்கி, பல ரவுடிச் செல்வந்தர்கள் பயிரிடச் செய்தார்கள். முன்பணக் கடனளித்து அறுவடையான செடியை அடிமாட்டு விலைக்குக் கொள்முதல்செதனர். இதில் உள்ள லாபத்தை பிற்காலத்தில் கண்ட வெள்ளையர்கள் அதே தொழிலை மேலும் வெளிப்படையாக, ஏழைகளை அதிகமாகச் சுரண்டியபடி செய்தனர். 1917ல், காந்தியடிகள் சம்பாரனில், பிற்காலத்தில் நாட்டின் முதல் இந்திய ஜநாதிபதியான ராஜேந்தரப் பிரசாத் போன்ற பிரபல வக்கீல்களின் உதவியுடன், தொழிலாளிகளுக்காகப் போராடினார். காவல்துறை அவரைக் கைது செய்தது. வெள்ளையர்கள் கோலோச்சிய நீதிமன்றத்தில் அவர், அரசு தரப்பு வக்கீல் குற்றப்பத்திரிக்கை படிக்கும் முன்னரே தான் சட்டத்தை மீறியதை ஒப்புக்கொண்டு சிறை செல்ல விருப்பம் தெரிவித்தார். ஆனால், அதன்பின், அப்பகுதியில் எந்த இந்தியரும், எந்தப் பணிக்கும் செல்லவில்லை. கழிவுகள் அகற்றப்படுவது முதல், ஷவரம் செய்வது வரை, அடிமைகளை விட்டுச் செய்யச்சொல்லியே பழகிவிட்ட வெள்ளையர்களால் ஒரு அடி கூட எடுத்து வைக்க முடியவில்லை. வேறு வழியின்றி மஹாத்மாவை விடுதலை செய்தார்கள். உண்மையில் இந்தியச் சுதந்திரப் போர் சூடு பிடித்தது அந்த நிகழ்விலிருந்து தான்.

“நிகழ்வு நினைவில் இருக்கிறது,” என்றேன் சுருக்கமாக.

“உங்கள் நாட்டின் சுதந்திரப் போர் உண்மையில் 1857லேயே துவங்கியது. ஆனால் உங்களுள் இருந்த பிரிவுகளின் உதவியுடன் அந்தக் காலத்து வெள்ளையர் ஆட்சியாளர்கள் அதை நசுக்கினார்கள். ப்ரிட்டிஷ் அரசு முறையாக, நவம்பர் 1 1858ல் விக்டோரியா மஹாராணியின் பிரகடனத்துடன் செயலுக்கு வந்தது. ஆங்கிலேயர்களுக்கு எதிராகப் போரிட்ட சிப்பாய்களைக் கூட ப்ரிட்டிஷ் படை பெருந்தன்மையோட ஏற்றதுன்னு பாவ்லா காட்டி மக்களுக்குக் குல்லாப்போட்டாங்க. விக்டோரியா அரசி கிழக்கு இந்தியக் கம்பெனியின் சொத்துக்களை அரசுடைமை எனப் பிரகடனப்படுத்தறப்ப, தனது ஆட்சி எல்லாக் குடிமக்களுக்கும் நியாயம் வழங்கும்னு சொன்னாரு. நடந்தது அதுக்கு நேர் எதிர். அப்போதே – என்றேனும் ஒரு நாள் அடுத்த சுதந்திரப் போர் துவங்கும் என்று கணக்கிட்டார்கள். அதை எதிர்கொள்ளத் திட்டங்கள் உருவாயின. இந்தியர்களின் ஒற்றுமையைக் குலைக்க சில சாமர்த்தியமான யுக்திகள் பயன்பட்டன. அவற்றில் ஒன்று ஜாதி அடிப்படையிலான கணக்கெடுப்பு. அது 1871 முதல் அமலுக்கு வந்தது. முதலில் அனைத்துத் தரப்பினரும் தங்களை வெவ்வேறு அந்தணர்கள் குலத்தவர்கள் என்றார்கள். சில உதாரணங்களைச் சொல்லலாம். பொற்கொல்லர்கள் தங்களை விஸ்வப் பிராம்மணர்கள் என்றனர். அன்று தங்களை ‘தேவேந்திரகுல வேளாளர்கள்’ எனக் கூறிக்கொண்டவர்கள் இன்று நலிந்த வகுப்பைச் சேர்ந்தவர்கள். ஆனால், தேவேந்திரன் குலத்தில் பிறந்தவர்கள் எவ்வாறு நலிந்தவர்கள் ஆவார்கள் என்ற கேள்வியை, அன்று யாரும் கேட்கவில்லை. இராமயணத்தை எழுதிய வால்மீகியை ஒரு முனிவரெனப் பழங்காலம் முதல் போற்றும் இந்த நாட்டில், வால்மீகி என்ற பெயருடையவர்களை இன்று தீண்டத்தகாதவர்கள் என வட இந்தியாவில் இழிவு படுத்துகிறார்கள். சமூக ரீதியாக அநீதிகளை அனுபவித்தோருக்கு இலவசக் கல்வி, அரசுப் பணிகள், அதில் ஜாதி அடிப்படையில் பதவி உயர்வு என்றேல்லாம் அன்று வெள்ளையர்கள் நுழைத்ததால், பிராம்மணர்களும் ஒரு சில ஷத்திரியர்களையும் தவிர, பிற எல்லாத் தரப்பினருமே, சுயனலத்துக்காக, தங்களை நலிந்தவர்கள் என்றனர். இந்தியாவை ஜாதி, மத அடிப்படையில் பிரித்து ஆள இந்த யுக்தி பெரிதும் உதவியது. இந்த திட்டத்தை உயர்த்திப் பிடிச்சு, என்றைக்குமே அடிமை மனப்பான்மையோட செயல்பட இந்தியர்களை பயன்படுத்தற இன்னொரு பரிமாணமாக, வெள்ளையர்களை எதிர்க்கறதாக சொன்ன இந்திய தேசிய காங்கிரஸ் என்ற கட்சியை 1885 இல் ஸர் அலன் அக்டேவியன் ஹ்யூம் என்ற முன்னாள் அதிகாரி – இவர் 1857 இல் நடந்த சுதந்திரப்போரில் உள்ளூர்க்காரர்களை தோற்கடித்தவர், துவங்கினார். அதுவும் ஒரு போர் தந்திர மந்திரம். ஏமாத்தறவங்க லாபத்துக்காக அதைச் செஞ்சாங்க. ஆனா, கொஞ்சம்கூட சிந்திக்காம ஏமாந்தது யாரு?”

எனது எரிச்சல் அதிகமாகியது.

“அமாய்யா! ஒவ்வொரு ஏமாத்தறவனும், முடிச்சவுக்கியும் இப்படியே சொன்னானுங்க, சொல்லறாங்க, சொல்லுவானுங்க! ஆனா, அது அன்றும் சரி, இன்றும் சரி, சட்டப்படிக் குற்றம்!”

எனது குரலில் உள்ள காழ்ப்புணர்வை நான் மறைக்கவில்லை..

“அந்த வாதம் ரொம்ப, ரொம்ப கரெக்ட்,” என்றார் அந்த நபர் இன்னொரு சிகரெட்டைப் பற்ற வைத்தபடி.

“இவ்வளவு கோர்வையா இந்த விஷயத்தைச் சொல்லறீங்களே, இதுவும் நீங்க செய்யற வியாபாரத்தைப் பெருக்க உதவற யுக்தி தானா?”

“1947 இல் – காங்கிரஸ் சுதந்திரம் வாங்கித் தந்ததாகச் சொல்லி ஆட்சியைப் பிடிச்சிச்சு. அந்த ஆட்சி சுமார் 70 வருஷம் நீடிச்சிரிச்சி. உள் நாட்டுலயும், அல்லசல் நாடுகள்ளயும் பகை விதைகளை நாங்க நட்டோம். செடியை காங்கிரஸ் வளர்த்து, அதை அறுவடை பண்ணினதால, அதுக்கான உரங்களான ஆயுதங்களை அன்றிலிருந்து இன்று வரைக்கும் வெவ்வேறு நாடுகள் உங்களுக்கு விக்கறாங்க. விக்கற நாடுகள் தலைவர்கள் வெள்ளைத் தோல் உள்ளவங்க தான். இந்த ஒரு விஷயத்துக்காக உங்க நாடு மட்டுமே ரூ.80 லட்சம் கோடிகளைச் செலவழிச்சிருக்கு. அதுல – பொருட்களை வித்த நாடுகளுக்கு கிட்டத்தட்ட ரூ.50 லட்சம் கோடிகள் லாபம்!  உயிர்ச்சேதத்துனால பகை அழியாம இருக்கு. அதுவும் ஆயுதம் விக்கற நாடுகளுக்கு லாபம். 18 ஆம் நூற்றாண்டுலேந்து நாங்க ஏமாத்தினோம்ங்கறது எந்த அளவுக்குச் சரியோ, அதேபோல உங்க நாட்டை சமீபகாலம் வரைக்கும் ஆண்ட உங்க அரசியல்வாதிகளும் அதையே செய்யறாங்கங்கறதும் ஒரு மறுக்க முடியாத உண்மை.. ஆக, தவறு யாரோடது?”

“உங்க வார்த்தைகள்ள இருக்கறது பச்சையாகத் தெரியும் இறுமாப்பு, ஆணவம்!”

“அது உங்க கண்ணோட்டம். ஆங்கிலத்துல இதை ஒரு மாதிரியான வாணி…க்க்க்க்கும்….சிகரெட் புகை தொண்டையில சிக்கிகிச்சு … வனித் …. வனிதா …. க்க்க்க்க்க்கும் …. வானிட்டின்னு சொல்லுவாங்க..”

இந்த ஆளுக்கும், வனிதாவுக்கும் ஏதோ கனெக்ஷன் உண்டோ? எனது புருவங்களை நெரித்தேன்.

“வானிட்டி ஃபேர்ன்னு ஒரு English நாவல். அதை ஹீரோவே இல்லாத ஒரு க்ளாஸிக் நாவல்னு சொல்லுவாங்க. அதுல இரு வனிதைகள் முக்கியமான கதாபாத்திரங்கள்.. நல்லவளாப் பரிணமித்த ஒருத்தி அதுல விபச்சாரியா இருந்தா…பாவம்…க்ளைமாக்ஸுக்கு முன்னாடியே இறந்துடறதா சித்தரிக்கப்பட்டா. நான் சொல்லறது 1857ல எழுதப்பட்ட கதையைப் பத்தின செய்தி. அந்த நாவல எழுதினது மேரி அன் எவன்ஸ்ங்கற பெண். ஆனா வெச்சிகிட்ட புனைப் பெயர் ஜார்ஜ் எலியட். அவங்க கணவரோட குடும்பப் பேரு .லூயிஸ்…அந்தக் அந்த வனிதை காரக்டரோட பேரு அமேலியா…எல்லாவிதமான கலைகளுக்கும் உங்க ஊர்ல சிவன் ங்கற கடவுள்தான் ஆரம்பிச்சாருன்னு சொல்லுவாங்க. ஆக, எல்லாக் கதைகளுமே சிவபுண்ணியங்கள்!”

“அடப்பாவி!” என்று மனதுக்குள் சொல்லிக் கொண்டேன். ஏன் என்றால், வனிதா தனது பெயரை சிவபுண்ணியம் என்றும், தனது ரகசியப் பெயர் அமேலியா லூயிஸ் என்றும் சொன்னது எனக்குப் பளிச்சென நினைவுக்கு வந்தது.

ஆச்சியர்த்தில் வாயைப் பிளந்தேன்.

“தேவை இல்லாம வாயைத் திறந்தா கொசு புகுந்துடும். சமயத்துல  குண்டுகளும் துளைக்கும்,” என்றார் அவர்.

மீண்டும் எனக்குத் தூக்கி வாரிப்போட்டது.

-தொடரும்