TAMIL NADU

Gopal's bail plea dismissed

Coimbatore July 26. The District Sessions Judge, M. Thanikachalam, today dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of Nakkeeran Editor, R.R. Gopal. Mr. Gopal, had moved the bail plea apprehending arrest in connection with the mysterious death of Bhakatavatchalam, a student from Variety Hall Road here. He was found dead inside the Sathyamangalam forests in 1998. The CB-CID, which is probing the case, has implicated the Nakkeeran reporter, S. Sivasubramanian. As the anticipatory bail application of Mr. Gopal is pending before the Madras High Court, the District Sessions Judge dismissed his plea. The judge also posted the bail application of Mr. Sivasubramanin to July 29.

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