Rs 75L found in slain Kanchi murder accused’s house

CHENNAI: Police have seized Rs 75 lakh from the house of M Kathiravan, an accused in the Kanchi Sankararaman murder. Kathiravan, a rowdy, was hacked to death by an eight-member gang on March 21.

Police, who made the seizure from Kathiravan’s residence in KK Nagar, said inquiries revealed that notorious gangster ‘Kathu Kuthu’ Ravi had given the money to the family to buy its silence in the recent murder and the Sankararaman case. Kathiravan was an associate of Appu, the main accused in the 2004 murder of ex-Kanchi mutt employee Sankararaman. Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati and his junior Vijayendra Saraswati are also accused in the sensational killing.

During questioning, Kathiravan’s family members said they had been told by Ravi’s wife Banumanthi that the gang had already bought the silence of the special team inquiring into the sensational case, police said. Police added that a departmental probe had been ordered into this claim.

After the killing of Kathiravan, a bachelor, Rajesh, Madhavan, Saravanan, Otteri Rajesh, Madurai Sundar, Nagabhooshanam and two others surrendered in various courts in the city in connection with the

According to police, Ravi had collected a few crores of rupees from ‘some people’ to eliminate Kathiravan. Police said they were looking into all possible angles to crack the Kathiravan murder.

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