Trial in assault case against Stalin on June 20

Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The VII Additional Sessions Court here will take up the assault case against the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader, M.K. Stalin, for trial on June 20.

The Principal Sessions Judge, P. Murugesan, made over the case to the court on Monday, when it came up for hearing.

The case was registered against Mr. Stalin for the alleged assault on two policemen, who had gone to his Velachery residence to arrest him in connection with unruly scenes at the Queen Mary's College on April 20, 2003.

Of the 15 accused, only six were present in the court and others, including the DMK leader, filed petitions under Section 317 of the Code of Criminal Procedure seeking to dispense with their personal appearance.

Mr. Stalin's counsel S. Ramasamy and Raja Ilango submitted that he must be exempted from appearing in court as he was touring the State to verify the electoral rolls.

Mr. Stalin was arrested on April 10, 2003 in connection with the case, and was released on bail on April 21, 2003.

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