Government Doctor Planned Subbaiah Murder for Property Share
The murder of Dr Subbaiah, brutal images of which shocked the conscience of the city last September, was masterminded by a government doctor with an eye for a cut in a disputed property worth about Rs 12 crore, police said on Thursday.
After nearly four months of tedious investigations, the Chennai city police on Wednesday arrested James Sathish Kumar, working as a doctor in an ESI hospital at Tirunelveli, and three henchmen engaged by him. The police said they rounded up Dr James when he arrived in Chennai along with the three henchmen to collect Rs 50 lakh from one Ponnusamy’s family, on whose behalf they carried out the murder.
“The families of Dr Subbaiah’s and Ponnusamy were having a dispute over a 2.25 acre land in Angugramam village in Kanyakumari district for several decades. Ponnusamy’s two sons -advocate Basil and Boris - are fighting a case over the dispute.
They wanted to kill Subbaiah as they assumed that neither of his two daughters or his wife would be able to fight the case over the property,” assistant commissioner B Nandakumar told reporters here on Thursday.
Dr James, who was earlier working in a clinic in Madurai, got introduced to Basil through his close friend Williams, a Madurai-based advocate. “Basil was then working as a junior to Williams. On coming to know about the property dispute, Dr James volunteered to execute the murder on agreement that he would get half of the share that Ponnusamy’s family would get in the disputed property,” Nandakumar said. Dr James entrusted the job with one Murugan, a close aide.
“Murugan took along with him two of his friends Selva Prakash and Iyappan. Dr James had promised to pay the trio a total of `50 lakh. The three had made an unsuccessful attempt earlier to kill Dr Subbaiah on August 14,” said CoP S George.
On Sept 14, Dr Subbaiah had just stepped out of Billroth Hospital at RA Puram, and was trying to get into his car when he was repeatedly hacked by a three-member gang. He died after nine days in a hospital.