The Madras High Court Bench here has declined bail for two persons in connection with the murder of S. Muthukumar, a State-level organiser of Naam Tamizhar Iyakkam in Pudukottai, in 2011.

The prime accused Gopalakrishnan and Saktivel filed bail applications at the court. They were booked under Sections 147, 148, 324 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code for murdering Mr. Muthukumar with the help of a hired gang on November 29, 2011.

According to the prosecution, Gopalakrishnan’s friend Baskar and Muthukumar had a love affair with the same girl.

Therefore, Baskar conspired with the petitioners and killed Muthukumar.

Chandrasekar, the counsel appearing for the petitioners, contended that they were in jail for more than 11 months.

The investigation had been completed and the police had filed the chargesheet.

If they were not released, they would not be in a position to defend themselves in the case, the counsel argued.

T. Mohan, the Additional Public Prosecutor, opposed the bail applications because the petitioners were repeat offenders with several criminal cases pending against them.

The petitioners might tamper with the evidence if they were released, he contended.

In his judgement, Justice N. Kirubakaran noted that 16 criminal cases were pending against Gopalakrishnan and 7 cases were pending against Sakthivel.

“This is a case of brutal murder. Merely because the chargesheet has been filed, it does not automatically entitle the accused to bail,” he observed.

“Considering their antecedents, it may not be in the interest of the society to release them (the petitioners) on bail,” Justice Kirubakaran ruled, while dismissing the bail applications.

  • Counsel for the petitioners contended that they were in jail for more than 11 months

  • ‘Merely because chargesheet was filed, it does not automatically entitle accused to bail’