Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The State Government has removed from office Special Public Prosecutor, A. Balaguru, who was dealing with all criminal and miscellaneous cases relating to Kanchi Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.

The Government Order issued on August 5 2007 by the Public Department states that the lawyer’s services as Additional Public Prosecutor in the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court shall also stand terminated with immediate effect.

Ousted counsel shall be given three months’ retainer fee at the rate of Rs.7,500 a month in lieu of three months’ notice.

State Public Prosecutor Raja Elango has been authorised to depute a suitable Additional Public Prosecutor to attend the cases, which were represented by the expelled lawyer, until the Government orders regular posting.

According to informed sources, the Government removed counsel pursuant to a letter written from Additional Director General of Police (Crime) to the Public Secretary on June 28.

Reservations expressed

In the communication, the ADGP had expressed reservations about the way in which counsel argued the petitions filed by 27 convicts in the Imam Ali escape case before the Madras High Court Bench here.

The convicts had sought to relax their bail condition to stay in Chennai. Disposing of the petitions, the Bench, on June 28, permitted the convicts to stay at Vellore and directed the State Government to provide food and shelter to all of them.

The Police Department felt such a direction would set a bad precedent as many other offenders might also demand such facilities.

Hence, they filed a petition before the Bench to delete the direction to provide food and shelter.

The court refused to alter its decision.