August 31, 2016
Chennai: SRM Chancellor TR Pachamuthu, police said, has refused to accept that he took bribe from people to allot them medical seats. Police sources close to investigators grilling the SRM Chancellor in custodial interrogation on Wednesday said he was asked some 300 questions but they were unsatisfied over the responses.
He has not been cooperating, said a source not willing to be quoted. As soon as custodial interrogation ended, Pachamuthu was taken to Puzhal central jail where he will be lodged till September 9. Officials of CBCID began grilling the SRM top official, but within the strict conditions imposed by the High Court.
The court had prescribed several dos and don’t to the police to be kept in mind during the interrogation. A doctor was on call and in attendance as per the court order. Besides, he was given enough break and sufficient time to meet with his advocates during the questioning. Once it was over, he was taken to Puzhal central jail.
However, his bail plea would be coming up for hearing on Thursday at the Magistrate’s court in Egmore.
Meanwhile, the CBCID issued summons to the son of Pachamuthu, Ravi pachamuthu for questioning. He has been asked to present himself before the investigating officials at the CBCID headquarters at Guindy on Thursday morning.
It may be recalled that Pachamuthu had offered to deposit a sum of Rs 69 crore with the Madras High Court, which is the sum he is alleged to have collected from students and parents promising them medical seats in the university he heads.
However, the complainants objected to this and maintained that the chancellor be directed to pay the money directly to those people whom he allegedly cheated.