TAMIL NADU

HC grants bail to DMK MLA

The Madras High Court on Thursday granted bail to DMK MLA L. Idhayavarman, his brother L. Nirmal and nine others in a case booked against them for using illegal firearms to settle a land dispute with the legislator’s neighbour in Tiruporur, Chengalpattu district, on July 11.

Justice N. Sathish Kumar granted the relief on condition that the MLA should sign before the Vellore Town police station every day after his release.

The judge recorded that the petitioner had volunteered to donate Rs. 3 lakh to the Cancer Institute, Adyar.

Making it clear that the money should be donated within a week of his release, the judge said that the bail would stand cancelled if the undertaking given by senior counsel R. Shunmugasundaram, on behalf of his client, was not honoured.

As far as the MLA’s brother and the nine other petitioners were concerned, the judge said that they could stay in Chengalpattu and report before the Tiruporur police every day.

Three FIRs filed

He pointed out that the police had registered as many as three first information reports (FIRs) regarding the incident.

However, the judge left all other issues to be decided during the course of trial and said that observations made in the bail order should not be relied upon by the trial court.

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