ED opens case against Natarajan (Sasikala)

Chennai, Jan 10 (tamilnaducentral): Economic offences  has dusted a old case file that relates to Natarajan, the estranged husband of Sasikala, the Tamil Nadu CM in waiting. This comes soon after Subramanian Swamy disclosed that the only problem for Sasikala was her husband  and not her party.

The case on Natarajan is coming up on February 2nd in the High Court. It relates to an import of Lexus car in 1994 by Natarajan and co- accused are Sasikala’s relative Bhaskaran who was running JJTV and two managers of Indian Bank Abhiramapuram branch who approved the transaction of money abroad.

On September 4, 1994, Natarajan running Tamil Arasi Publications imported a Lexus car. The car was shown as a used one and was in use from 1993. The car came from London. The Lexus car with 3000 cc engine was cleared with a lesser duty as it was a used car. The customs intelligence wing who investigated the import found that false documents were produced to evade duties. In collusion was Surija Sundararajan and Bhavani, managers of Abhiramapuram branch of  Indian bank who facilitated the forex transaction. JJTV Bhaskaran was also partner to this operation. London-based Balakrishnan and his son Yogesh had forged the documents and helped Natarajan to import the car.

Customs levied a fine of Rs 1.6 crores. The case was transferred to CBI. Bhavani turned approver and Balakrishnan is still an absconder. Surija, Yogesh, Bhaskaran and Natarajan are the accused. The CBI court found them guilty and sentenced them to imprisonment and levied a fine on them.They appealed in the High Court and got a stay. The economic offences wing in 2012 opposed the  plea by Natarajan and Bhaskaran to relieve them from the case. Now the case has been listed for hearing on February 2nd.

As TTV Dinakaran, relative of Sasikala was asked by High court to pay Rs 28 crores for  FERA violation,  the question is whether it will uphold the CBI court verdict and have Natarajan and Bhaskaran go to jail and pay the fine. The case resurfaced after 20 years. Is it a way to keep Natarajan from giving trouble to Sasikala? ask political analysts.

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