Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has approached the Madras High Court to issue a gag order, restraining DMK chief MK Stalin from speaking about Kodanad Estate heist during an election campaign. The Madras High Court has sought a response from MK Stalin in this regard by April 3, stated news agency ANI.

On March 24, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami took a swipe at arch-rival DMK on the Kodanad heist and murder case and claimed that people have raised doubts whether those involved in the incident were party members. Palaniswami said that police have arrested those involved in the case. During a rally at Arakkonam, Palaniswamy added, “It is the DMK which is taking steps to get those arrested released and this has led people to doubt whether that party was involved in it.”

In April 2017, the security guard of the Kodanad estate, former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s retreat-home in the hilly district of Nilgiris, was found dead. Ten people were arrested in connection with the robbery attempt at the estate-bungalow which was used by Jayalalithaa for both official and residential purposes. Two key accused, namely C Kanagaraj and K V Sayan had recently alleged Palaniswami’s involvement in the heist case in a video released by a journalist Mathew Samuel in Delhi. Palaniswami had rejected the charges, dismissing it as a “lie”.

In the month of January, the Madras High Court had stayed an FIR filed against the Delhi-based journalist for releasing the video. In this regard, the chief minister had filed a defamation suit in the Madras High court which had restrained Samuel and six others, including Sayan and Manoj, from making any statement linking him to the case. Holding that it was the responsibility of a government to clarify the doubts raised by the people, Palaniswami had said, “Those involved cannot escape from the law and this government will take prompt action.”

(With agency inputs)