Former Minister told to appear in court on December 2

Tindivanam Judicial Magistrate I. Prakash on Friday adjourned hearing to December 2 in the case relating to impersonation in the supplementary Class X examination, in which P.M.L. Kalyanasundaram, former Puducherry Minister for Transport and Education, has been named.

The prosecution (Villupuram Crime Branch police) appealed to the magistrate to issue an arrest warrant against Mr. Kalyanasundaram. Defence counsel Jagadeesan argued that at this point of time it was not warranted. Moreover, the Supreme Court verdict on the bail petition moved by Mr. Kalayanasundaram was expected to come up for hearing on November 28 or 29 and, therefore, the proceedings of the trail court could wait.

After hearing the averments of the defence counsel, the court adjourned the case to December 2, directing that Mr. Kalayanasundaram should appear before it that day. Police sources said usually an arrest warrant was not needed in such a case. Since Mr. Kalyanasundaram was a political personality, who belonged to the All India NR Congress, a ruling party in Puducherry, and who was earlier a Minister in the Rangasamy Cabinet, the police wanted to act in a circumspective manner without giving room for any loophole.

Semblance of cooperation

The sources said that the Puducherry police also seemed to have adopted a “touch and go attitude.”

They keep up a semblance of cooperation but in fact they had to tread cautiously asthe case is pertaining to a political personality handpicked by Chief Minister N.Rangasamy, the sources added.