For performing his mother’s final rites

Proving once again that those in distress could knock the doors of the Madras High Court Bench here even during summer vacation, Justice P.N. Prakash presided over a special sitting on Saturday and granted interim bail to a remand prisoner for performing his mother’s final rites.

Disposing of a criminal original petition moved by the prisoner’s elder sister, the judge directed the Tiruchi Central Prison Superintendent to release her only brother P. Vickram (26) on interim bail for two days on submitting a personal bond for Rs.5,000 to the satisfaction of the Superintendent.

The prison head was also ordered to provide adequate escort to the prisoner for making him attend the funeral and bringing him back to the prison at 5 p.m. on May 12. The case was taken up for hearing on a holiday at the instance of the petitioner’s counsel R. Venkatesan. The Pattukottai police in Thanjavur district had booked the prisoner under Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 294b (uttering obscene words), 336 (act endangering life or personal liberty of others), 506 part II (criminal intimidation) and 397 (robbery with attempt to cause death or grievous injury) of the Indian Penal Code. He was remanded to judicial custody recently. Even before his family could take steps to get him out on regular bail, his 56-year-old mother breathed her last on Saturday. Hence, his sister moved the High Court on the ground that her brother was the only male member in the family as her father had also died. Considering the urgency involved in the matter, the judge directed the High Court Registry to number the petition and post it for hearing immediately. He also ascertained through a Government Advocate the petitioner’s claim of her mother having passed away on Saturday.