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The News Minute | March 8, 2015 | 3.57 PM IST Tamil Nadu Director General of Police has transferred the investigation of the case of suicide by an agricutural department employee Muthukumaraswamy to the Crime Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department. This in spite of persistent demands from many quarters that the probe be transferred to the CBI. Agriculture Minister S.S. Krishnamurthi who has been alleged of being the reason behind the suicide of Muthukumaraswamy, an engineer in the agricultural department, was sacked from the council of ministers in Tamil Nadu on Saturday. The AIADMK member was, a few days earlier, removed from the party post that he held in Thiruvannamalai district. Muthukumaraswamy had jumped in front of a train in Tirunelveli on February 20. It is being alleged that the former minister and his colleagues had put pressure on the engineer to recruit to the post of driver persons whom the minister had recommended. Said to be an honest officer by people known to him, Muthukumaraswamy strictly followed the rules and did not heed to the minister’s recommendations. It is also being alleged that the minister and his colleagues had threatened Muthukumaraswamy, who had just three months left to retire from service, that he would be suspended if money was not paid to them. Unable to take the pressure the engineer committed suicide. It was after strong protest from the opposition and government staff that the minister was sacked from the party post and also from the Council. The TN police has not included the former agriculture minister's name in the probe, but his sacking from the party and minister's seat has lead to speculation that AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa was unhappy with him and the scandal. Tweet Follow @thenewsminute

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