Chennai: The Centre on Monday sought time to
file reply to a query from the Madras High Court on the action
taken on a representation by an advocate to initiate steps for
the arrest of Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda in
connection with a 1986 murder case against him here.
Additional Solicitor General M Ravindran produced a
letter from the Union Home Secretary seeking two weeks time to
file a counter affidavit when the petition came up for hearing
before the First Bench, comprising Justices M T Eqbal and D
The Bench posted the matter for hearing after four weeks.
Advocate Radhakrishnan, appearing on behalf of
petitioner P Pugalenthi, pointed out that Devananda, who had
been declared a proclaimed offender by a Sessions Court, had
not been arrested even sixteen years after the murder.
Pugalenthi, Secretary of Tamil Nadu Peoples` Rights Forum,
had sought a direction from the Centre to take immediate steps
for the arrest of Devananda, a former Eelam People`s
Revolutionary Front military wing head, who was part of the
delegation that accompanied Sri Lankan President Mahinda
Rajapakse during his visit to India early this month.
On June 14, the Centre`s counsel sought time to get
instructions while Tamil Nadu Government counsel informed the
court that the city police commissioner had sent a letter to
Delhi police on Jun 10 informing them about the pending case.
Chennai Police had conveyed to their Delhi counterpart
about three criminal cases, including the murder case in which
a city resident was killed in gunfire at the EPRLF office
here, pending against Devananda.