In a shocking twist to the death of a PWD contractor in Namakkal district, a note that he reportedly left behind accuses officials of the Income Tax Department of harassment and intimidation.
In the note, KR Subramanian, who was said to be a close aide of Health Minister C Vijayabaskar, alleges that I-T Department officials and competitors together tarnished his reputation, forcing him to take this extreme step.
Subramanian was found dead in his coconut farm, 20km away from his residence, on Monday. He allegedly killed himself by drinking pesticide, a month after I-T officials raided his residence.
It was reported that important incriminating documents and money were seized from his house by an eight-member team of officials. Summons were further handed over to his son Sabari as Subramanian was not in the country.
In his four page 'suicide note' however, Subramanian claims, that the allegations of his being close to the Minister were completely fabricated. He even alleges that I-T officials demanded that he admit to economic offences that he did not commit. "On April 27, an official named Karthik called me to the Chennai office at around 11am. He abused me and made it out like I was some kind of a thief. He said that I was actually a benami to the minister and that I must admit getting money from him. He threatened to burn me alive if I did not admit this," says the letter.
According to the note, Thenarusu, a partner of the PSK group, which also runs engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, was behind this conspiracy against him. "For the last five years, Thenarasu has been completely in technical education. He was very rich and powerful and is said to be very close to a minister. He had the connections to even ensure that nobody else got any tenders that they applied for," reads the letter.
"When I applied for a tender to build a medical college in Pudhukottai, Thenarasu had also applied and he created lot of hurdles in my efforts to do my job. All contractors in Tamil Nadu know how powerful he is. I say with conviction that it was he who ruined my name and is responsible for the I-T raid. They put my name on TV and my reputation has been tarnished," says the letter.
As per the letter, Subramanian was in emotional distress following the raids and the hit his reputation took. "I was badly affected by what happened and stopped eating for the last four days. I have been wanting to commit suicide," the letter reads. "When you are reading this letter, I will be dead," it says.