23 June, 2021

‘Return Me The Estate, I’ll Give It New Flourish’

Peter Craig-Jones, 60,on how P. Rajarathinam, a corporate raider of the 1990s, had used his clout with the ruling party to repeatedly threaten him to sell the est­ate to J. Jayalalitha...

‘Return Me The Estate, I’ll Give It New Flourish’
outlookindia.com
2017-07-08T11:19:04+05:30

As the Kodanad Estate came back in focus for all the wrong reasons, a pained Brit decided it was time to speak out again—on how the estate was actually taken away from him coercively. Peter Craig-Jones, 60, had disclosed in a TV interview how P. Rajarathinam, a corporate raider of the 1990s, had used his clout with the ruling party to repeatedly threaten him to sell the est­ate to J. Jayalalitha. “Today she is not around, Sasikala is in jail and Raja­rathinam is absconding. At least I rem­ain a free man. With my conscience intact,” the Overseas Citizen of India tells G.C. Shekhar. Excerpts:

So what type of a person was Rajarathinam? We know him as a businessman who emerged out of nowhere and disappeared into oblivion after a spate of acquisitions.

He was the most distasteful person I have met in my life. He would repeatedly call over phone and show up without proper notice and would demand to know what I have decided. When I said every tea plant in this estate had been nurtured...

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