Friday, April 24, 2009

HC grants permission to take naxal leader into custody

Express News Service First Published : 25 Apr 2009 02:47:00 AM ISTLast Updated : 25 Apr 2009 08:23:32 AM IST

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has granted permission to the `Q’ Branch of the police in Tirupathur, Vellore district, to take senior naxal leader Vanan alias Tamilvanan alias Raji into police custody. The naxal leader had been absconding for over three decades and was arrested on April 12.

As Tamilvanan, he was wanted in connection with a double murder case that took place in 1978. Since he was absconding, the case was split into two. The trial was conducted in respect of the available accused. However, that resulted in acquittal.

When the `Q’ Branch police arrested Tamilvanan on April 12, they filed a petition before the Judicial Magistrate-II in Tiruipathur for further investigation.

The magistrate, whi le granting permission to hold further probe, rejected the plea for police custody. As a result, the Q branch police presented the original criminal petition.

Justice R Regupathi, who earlier set aside the rejection order after observing that he did not find any substantive reason for refusal of request for police custody, granted permission to the prosecution to take Tamilvanan into custody for three days from April 25.

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