HC admits petition seeking custody of DMK leaders
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 20:20
Madurai: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court today admitted a petition by the police seeking custody of four local DMK functionaries, including two aides of Union Minister M K Alagiri, arrested in a land grabbing case.

Ordering issuance of notice to the four accused, Justice R Mala posted the petition filed by the District Crime Branch to July 28 for further hearing.

N Suresh Babu alias Pottu Suresh, Personal Assistant (Political) of Alagiri and DMK Executive Committee member, party District Secretary G Thalapathi, a confidant of Alagiri, and Kodi Chandrasekhar and K Krishnapandi were arrested on July 19 and remanded to judicial custody on a complaint by a couple.

The couple Pappa and Sivanandi of Sengulam had complained the four DMK leaders had threatened and forced them to sell their 5.14 acres of land in Tirumangalam near here, worth Rs 5.5 crore, by paying only Rs 40 lakh in July last year.

A judicial magistrate court here on July 22 rejected the plea for police custody of the four. The court had yesterday dismissed the bail pleas of the four accused.

Challenging the Magistrate court order, Crime Branch Inspector N Thirumal Alagu in his petition said, "In cases like this, effective interrogation would be of tremendous advantage in disinterring many useful information and materials concealed by the accused."

The denial of police custody by the Magistrate had stalled the investigation into the case, he contended.

Suresh Babu was yesterday detained under the stringent Goondas Act.


First Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 20:20

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