TAMIL NADU

Azhagiri again seeks easing of bail condition

CHENNAI NOV. 13. M.K. Azhagiri, now on conditional bail in the case of murder of the former DMK Minister, T. Kiruttinan, has moved the Madras High Court again seeking relaxation of conditions.

The son of the former Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, submitted that he was arrested on May 21 for alleged offences under Sections 302 (murder), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC. He was released on bail on August 11 on a High Court order on condition that he stay in Bangalore and report before the principal sessions judge there at 10.30 a.m. all working days. He was regularly complying with the conditions.

After the filing of the charge sheet, the case was committed and posted for framing of charges. He presented himself before the trial court on all hearing dates without fail. As he was in Bangalore, he found it difficult to appear before the court in Madurai everytime.

His earlier petition before the High Court seeking relaxation was dismissed.

Mr. Azhagiri said there was no single complaint that witnesses were being threatened or intimidated. The prosecution's apprehension was presumptuous.

His fundamental right to defend himself from criminal prosecution was gravely affected by his being kept away in Bangalore and sought relaxation of the condition.

When the petition came up today, Justice M. Chockalingam wanted to know what stage the case was in. The government advocate, V. Jayaprakash Narayanan, sought time and the matter was adjourned to November 17.