Four of the accused in the case of planting a pipe bomb under the car of Union Minister of State for PMO V. Narayanasamy were remanded to judicial custody until April 23.

The case, which is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency, was heard before the court of Chief Judge C.S. Murugan on Wednesday.

He ordered that the four accused – Thiruchelvan, Thangarasu, Kaviarasu and Kalailingam – from Sivaganga district be remanded to custody and taken to the Kalapet Central Prison. The hearing on custody petition would take place on a later date.

The four accused, who are members of ‘Thamizhar Viduthalai Padai,’ were arrested by the Tamil Nadu Q Branch police in Madurai in March and charged with planting a pipe bomb near the Reliance Supermarket on the outskirts of Madurai. During investigation, the accused allegedly confessed to having planted the bomb outside Mr. Narayanasamy’s house in Puducherry as well.

The four were remanded in Madurai and brought to Puducherry on Tuesday night to appear before the court, sources said.

When the prisoners arrived in Puducherry on Tuesday night, they were taken straight to the Kalapet jail. The police personnel at the jail, however, did not allow the accused inside and asked the Tamil Nadu police to obtain a judicial order. The four were then sent to the Cuddalore jail, where they spent the night , sources said.

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