NBW against Sri Lankan Minister is still pending: TN Police

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Chennai, Feb 14 (PTI) Police today objected to theanticipatory bail petition filed by Sri Lankan MinisterDouglas Devananda before the Madras High Court in connectionwith a 1986 murder case and said the Non Bailable Warrantissued by a lower court in 1987 is still pending against him.

In his petition, Douglas claimed he was covered by immunityoffered as part of 1987 Indo-Sri Lankan accord. After beingenlarged on bail that year, he was ''expatriated'' to Sri Lanka.

So he believed the case had been dropped and there was noplace of residence in India for him after that.

Devananda, in his petition last week, had also submittedhe is ready to face trial and abide by any condition imposedand that he would appear before it as and when required.

Last year, Devanada had filed a petition challenging the1994 proclamation order pending in the lower court.

When the matter came up today before Justice K N Basha,police filed a counter,stating that the 10 accused are evadingappearance before the trial court and that the proclamationprocedures taken against them were in accordance with law.

Though the proclamation was brought on notice in alldailies in 1994, the petitioner till date has not taken anysteps to appear before the trial court, they said.

The Investigation Officer sought to accept the objectionand dismiss the petition filed by the minister.

On December 8 2010, the Court had ruled that Devananda wasnot pronounced a proclaimed offender in connection with thecase and directed him to seek anticipatory bail with adirection to approach the trial court to recall the NBWagainst him by showing suffciante cause for non-appearance.

Devananda''s visit to India as part of Sri Lankan PresidentMahinda Rajapaksa-led delegation in June 2010 had triggered acontroversy after a pro-LTTE group filed a petition seekinghis arrest. However, he had claimed he was covered by immunityoffered as part of the Indo-Sri Lankan Accord.

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