Receiving End of Familial Loyalty

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The suspension of a senior IAS officer by the Tamil Nadu government on charges of forging a caste certificate to claim an SC quota appointment in services, has taken a distinct political turn. C Umashankar now has the backing of former CM and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, whom he had nailed in a cremation shed scam in 1996. She was later acquitted.

‘It’s very clear that the government shunted him out after a reconciliation between Karunanidhi’s close family members and his grand-nephews, the Maran brothers,’ she charged in a statement.

In 2008, Karunanidhi drafted Umashankar to head Arasu Cable TV Corporation, a state government multi-system operator for cable television, to break the monopoly of the Marans’ Sumangali Cable Vision. But after the kiss and make-up, the Marans apparently put pressure on the CM to get rid of Umashankar and dug up dirt on him. Umashankar has now approached the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, claiming that he is being victimised.