Does Subramanian hold the key to Sadiq Batcha's death?

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Sadiq Batcha
Chennai, Mar 24: When the five states are in the poll fray, the recent suicide of Sadiq Batcha, a close aide of tainted Former Telecom Minister A Raja raised quite a few eyebrows. While Opposition Chief and AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa cried foul and was out to make it an election issue, Jannta Party chief Subramaniam Swamy said that the death should be probed by the CBI.

While the police is frantically investigating the case looking for vital clues on a third party involvement, Batcha's wife has revealed to police that his driver had eloped with Rs 6 crore from his car last Aug. But the mystery remains that they refused to file a police complaint in this regard then. Batcha's wife, Reha Banu also said that her husband was pained by the loss.

Investigative officials also revealed that Batcha spoke frequently to a friend named Subbudu (Subramanian) close to 40 times the day before his death. Subramanian is a partner in Batcha's firm, Sadiq Real Estate Agency that is based out of his home town Perambalur. A police district officer said, “Batcha spoke to his close friend Subramanian Subbudu at least 40 times on March 15, a day before his suicide. He even mentioned Subbudu in his suicide note, which was found in his room on March 16."

Batcha's widow apparently looked distraught during questioning by officials probing his death and said that his dream of making money led to his death. Banu was quoted as saying to police authorities, “Driver Salim was very loyal initially and Batcha took him along on business trips. But when Batcha left his briefcase containing Rs 6 crore in his car and came home, Salim took it and never returned. I insisted that he file a police complaint but Batcha ignored it as the driver belonged to his hometown Lebbai Kudi Kadu near Perambalur."

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