Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu DGP VR Lakshminarayanan, who arrested late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in a corruption case, died on Sunday (June 23) following a brief illness.

He was 91 years old and is survived by a son and two daughters. He was fondly known as VRL and was a 1951 batch IPS officer.

He began his career as an assistant superintendent of police in Madurai and then rose to become the joint director of Central Bureau of Investigation.

Lakshminarayanan had worked under various Prime Ministers including late Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charan Singh, Morarji Desai.

He arrested the late Indira Gandhi in 1977 in a graft case.

Lakshminarayanan retired in 1985 as a Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu.

His younger daughter Rama Narayanan said her father passed away around 2 AM Sunday at his residence.

Speaking to reporters, Rama Narayanan hailed her father as a hero who was able to dedicate time for the family and also to the public service.

"His life is unique. Because, usually, a public figure will not be able to devote time and energy to their family. They make a choice. But Appa (father), had a unique way of being a hero within his family as well as, a stalwart in public service", she said.

Lakshminarayanan’s last rites would be performed on June 25 at Anna Nagar crematorium in Tamil Nadu.