When Aam Aadmi Party leader and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan put out the sensational audio tapes of conversations between Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi (seen here) and the then Tamil Nadu police chief of intelligence, Jaffar Sait, in 2010-11, he was not announcing something new.
Three days earlier, on February 1, a little-known (outside the southern state) Tamil website, Savukku.net, had made these tapes public.
It even had an article explaining the alleged role of Sait in tapping phones to gather information and a transcript of the conversations.
Though the mainstream media in Chennai largely ignored it, one of the post's subjects, Kanimozhi, made news after being found unconscious and hospitalised the next morning.
Savukku.net, whip in Tamil, has slain Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam chief V Prabhakaran's photograph on one side of its masthead and a silhouette of a cowboy on horse with the whip on the other.
The first post on the site dates back to September 2010.
In over 960-odd incisive posts since, most sprayed with venom and laced in humour, Savukku.net has been slashing hard and exposing what it calls corrupt bureaucrats, politicians, judiciary and even mainstream journalists, who it says are often too soft on their sources.
Though the website itself does not give any details about the publisher, it is no secret in Chennai media circles it is run by Savukku' Shankar.
Text: N Sundaresha Subramanian, Business Standard