CHENNAI: The family feud at the Chettinad group of companies took another ugly turn on Sunday, with patriarch MAM Ramaswamy and his foster-son MAMR Muthiah levelling allegations against each other after a midnight assault on the sprawling family estate Chettinad Palace here.
However, Ramaswamy’s version was rebutted by Muthiah’s counsel M Murali, who dismissed the allegations as ‘false and imaginary’. Murali said Muthiah’s security staff were attacked by Ramaswamy’s men on Saturday night. “My boss, who was in Singapore, sent his security guards to check after coming to know that his office was being locked. They were beaten up; two men — Alagu and Lalit — were injured in the attack. My boss immediately rushed to Chennai,” Murali said.
When asked about Muthiah’s office, Ramaswamy said it was being cleaned as over 40 dead rats were in the room. “The ruckus is part of Muthiah’s plan to oust me from the palace. He has issues with the way I run things and is bent on dismissing loyal servants who have worked here for four decades.