Anticipatory bail for former Minister

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There is nothing much against Kalyanasundaram, rules Supreme Court

Observing that except for alleged signatures there was nothing much against former Puducherry Minister P.M.L. Kalyanasundaram, the Supreme Court on Monday granted anticipatory bail to him in a case related to impersonation while writing the SSLC examination in Tamil Nadu.

A Bench of Justice Altamas Kabir and Justice S.S. Nijjar granted the anticipatory bail after hearing petitioner's senior counsel Uday Lalit, Attorney-General G.E. Vahanvati who assisted the Court and Additional Advocate General for Tamil Nadu Guru Krishna Kumar.

Earlier, the Attorney-General told the Court that the State Government had already conducted two preliminary enquiries and had collected relevant materials pertaining to the case and there was little scope to tamper with the evidence.

However, Mr. Guru Krishna Kumar opposed anticipatory bail saying the former Minister had the propensity to tamper with the evidence and influence witnesses. He said "public life demands that greater should be the probity for an elected representative and he shall not be given any indulgence.”

The Bench, however, granting conditional bail said the petitioner should present himself before the investigating officer on December 3 and, thereafter, submit himself before the official as and when required. He should extend all cooperation in the investigation. He should report to the district crime branch every Monday at 10-30 a.m. and should not leave Puducherry without prior permission of the trial court in Tamil Nadu.

Mr. Kalyanasundaram has been evading arrest by Tamil Nadu Police since the first week of November after being accused of engaging a proxy to write his SSLC examination at a centre in Tamil Nadu and a case was registered against him in this regard.

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