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High Court grants advance bail to two MLAs

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The Madras High Court Bench here on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to two Members of Legislative Assembly — J.G. Prince, representing Colachel Assembly segment, and John Jacob, representing Killiyur segment — in an attempt to murder case booked by Tiruvattar police in Kanyakumari district.

Justice R.S. Ramanathan also granted advance bail to 11 other Congress members arrayed as co-accused in the case. Disposing of a joint petition filed by them, the judge ordered them to appear before the investigating officer as and when required. The case was booked based on a complaint lodged by Naam Tamilar Katchi cadres.

Arguing on behalf of the MLAs and others, their counsel Isaac Mohanlal contended that they had been falsely accused of damaging a stage put up by the rival party cadres at Attoor on Saturday. He alleged that it was the complainants who created trouble during a public meeting organised by the Congress near Rajiv Gandhi statue.

“The Naam Tamilar Katchi cadres had attempted to damage the statue following objection raised by the Centre to the release of three life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The petitioners belonging to the Congress gathered at the venue to prevent the unlawful act. But the rival party men lodged a false complaint,” the MLAs contended in their petition.

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