Rajathi Ammal is famous for being the third Wife of Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. Karunanidhi. In 2016, she hit the headlines along with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia when she came into the controversy of transfer of the land case. Check out Rajathi Ammal Wiki, Age, Husband, Family, Children, Caste, Controversy, Biography, Facts & More.
Rajathi Ammal is a 73 Years old widow lady who was born in the year 1945 in Tamil Nadu, India. She was always interested in doing acting since her young age and in the mid of 1960s, she started her career as part of a drama troupe run by poet Kannadasan.
She resides at 14-1, First Main Road, CIT Colony in Mylapore, Chennai.
Family, Caste & Husband
Rajathi Ammal was born into the Hindu family. In the late 1960s, she fell in love with M. Karunanidhi during his election campaign and got secretly married him, who is already married to Late Padmavathi and Dayalu Ammal who is an active businesswoman. Rajathi is not a legally wedded wife of Karunanidhi.
On 5 January 1968, she gave birth to a single child Kanimozhi (daughter) who is a Member of Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu. She has a son-in-law G. Aravindaan who is a Software Professional and grandsons- Adithyan and 1 more.
Rajathi Ammal is also a step-mother to 4 sons and 1 daughter. Here is the list of her step-children.
Step-Son (with Padmavathi) – M. K. Muthu (Politician)
Step-Sons & Daughter (with Dayalu Ammal) – M. K. Alagiri (Politician), M.K Stalin (Politician), M. K. Tamilarasu (Producer), Selvi Geetha Kovilam (Politician)
Here is her family tree:
In 2009, she trapped into the controversy during a conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, when she was supposed to be discussing a land deal in Chennai worth Rs 100 crore, belonged to Tata-owned Voltas and was alleged to have been transferred in the name of industrialist Sangmugnathan for Rs 25 crore. After that, CBI cross-examined the statements of both (Rajathi and Radia), CA Ratnam and Kanimozhi’s close aide S Saravanan, along with Sangmugnathan but CBI didn’t find any evidence to establish the alleged transfer of land.
Rajathi Ammal salary as a businesswoman is Rs. 1.67 crore/year (as in 2011) and has a net worth of Rs 21 crore (movable assets, as in 2011).
Rajathi has gold jewellery and ornaments of worth Rs. 9 lakh (approx.) and other investment in businesses. She is the owner of ‘West Gate Logistics Pvt Ltd’.
- Rajathi and extra-marital affair went in the public domain when Karunanidhi preferred to refer Rajathi as his daughter Kanimozhi’s mother.
- According to The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, their marriage was illegal as it is an offence in the eyes of law to have more than one wife at a time. Therefore, they got married according to DMK’s new marriage tradition- ‘Swayam Maryada Kalyanam’.
- In 2016 assembly elections, her step-son Stalin took the place from his father as his political successor.