January 4th, 2012
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Final remnants of Sasikala being dusted out

shashikalaChennai: ‘Operation clean up Poes Garden’ entered its second phase on Tuesday with more than two dozen personal security officers of state ministers being kicked out by the police department to make sure that no one close to Ms VK Sasikala, estranged friend of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, and her relatives remained in Fort St. George or in the Poes Garden residence of the Chief Minister.

Only two weeks back, Ms Jayalalithaa had expelled 12 persons, including Ms Sasikala, from the party. “Twenty-four officers, reportedly handpicked by the erstwhile coterie and posted as personal security officers of various AIADMK ministers, were shifted and new police officers are being posted,” a senior police officer said while confirming the development on Tuesday.

Ms Sasikala, who was living in the posh Poes Garden house of the chief minister for more than two decades, had moved out after the AIADMK party chief found her erstwhile friend was trying to run a parallel government.“We believe that Sasikala & Co had posted a number of their people in key posts in the administration to keep an eye on ministers and other officials so that they could keep tabs on every development in matters of government,” a senior official disclosed.

The change in the security officers is seen as a move by the police department to block information leaking to Ms Sasikala and her relatives about sensitive developments in the administration. Sources said a detailed investigation into the activities of Sasikala & Co would happen soon. “Not all men close to Sasikala have been weeded out. Some of them still remain in some posts. Soon, the axe will fall on them also,” the sources added.


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