A 46-year-old woman killed herself hours after she was detained and questioned by Chennai police in a case related to theft in the house of former Union Minister P Chidambaram.
According to reports, the deceased,Parvathy lived in T Nagar and her body was discovered by her neighbours in the wee hours of Monday. Her family members suspect that she might have killed herself since she was upset after the police inquiry. She had told the family that she did not have any connection to the burglary in P Chidambaramâ€™s house in Chennai in 2018. She worked in a hotel in Thanikachalam road and was living with her husband in Pondy Bazaar.
On July 8, 2018, around Rs 1.5 lakh cash, jewellery worth Rs one lakh and some silk sarees went missing from P Chidambaramâ€™s house on Khader Nawaz Khan road in Nungambakkam, Chennai. The burglary was noticed by Nalini Chidambaram when she saw a cupboard open and cash and jewellery missing when she got back home.
A police complaint was filed immediately and on perusing the CCTV footage, two of their domestic workers were zeroed in as suspects. The police also suspected that the burglary could have happened in the ten days when the minister and his family were out of town. Since the families of those workers agreed to return the haul, the police complaint was later withdrawn.
However, the jewellery and cash was not returned and the police later arrested two workers. One of the workers had allegedly told the police that she had given the jewellery to Parvathy for safekeeping.
The police, who were on the case, were interrogating Parvathy and her family members for around three months. Last Sunday, the police had detained Parvathy, her daughter and her son for questioning and let them go only around 1.30am.