First Judicial Magistrate L.S. Sathiyamoorthy on Thursday denied bail to a district panchayat vice-chairman and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary E. Anandan (son of former MLA Elango), who was arrested on Monday by the Central Crime Branch sleuths of the Coimbatore City on charges of cheating Sri Sharma.

Mr. Anandan was arrested on charges of failing to honour the contract entered into for sale of land and on charges of selling it to some other persons despite having taken money from the complainant for the sale.

He was lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison.

Mr. Anandan in his bail application contended that “it was a contract failure on the part of the complainant and should have approached the civil court.” He said that there was no criminal offence made out in this case.

Influential

The bail application was opposed by the prosecution. Court concluded that the accused being an influential person could tamper with the evidences and hence the bail application was dismissed.

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