They were granted bail in case related to demo on April 30

The State government on Monday moved the Madras High Court seeking the cancellation of bail granted to Pattali Makkal Katchi leader S. Ramadoss in a case related to a demonstration at the Villupuram railway junction on April 30 as it was held in defiance of police orders.

When the matter came up before the vacation court, Justice M.Sathyanarayanan ordered notice returnable by June 5.

The government also filed a petition praying that the order of bail for G.K.Mani and 361 others in the same case be set aside. The Judge posted the petition for May 8.

In the affidavit seeking cancellation of bail, N.Ramanathan, Inspector, Villupuram Town police station, said the party organised “Chitrai Thiruvizha” (Chitrai Festival) at Mamallapuram on April 25. While the party volunteers were proceeding to the function venue, there was a clash between them and the general public in which there was damage to government property. The police official said the affected persons sought action against the PMK cadre. After the function, he police wanted to arrest those involved in the alleged crime. Following this, Dr. Ramadoss and nearly 360 persons staged a demonstration against police action. The Inspector alleged that Dr.Ramadoss provoked the party cadre which resulted in his arrest.

The police official alleged that the PMK leader was involved in a “serious offence not only against individual persons, but against the State as a whole. Due to his activities, there was great damage to government property.”

The case was registered under Sections 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) IPC and the Criminal Law Amendment Act on April 30. The PMK leader and others were arrested the same day. They were remanded to judicial custody by Judicial Magistrate No.1, Villupuram. They were released on bail by the magistrate on May 3.

The Assistant Public Prosecutor sought time for the investigation officer to collect information about each of the accused, since the matter was serious; but the magistrate rejected his plea and granted bail. This was against Supreme Court judgments. The gravity of the offence was not taken into consideration while granting bail, the affidavit said.

  • Police claim the leaders caused great damage to public property

  • Assistant Public Prosecutor sought time to collect information

  • Police claim the leaders caused damage to public property