HC cancels anticipatory bail in land grab case

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Chennai, Sep 5 (UNI) The Madras High Court has cancelled the anticipatory bail granted to three people, who were alleged accomplices of former Tamil Nadu minister N K K P Raja, in the abduction-cum-land grab case.

Justice R Regupathi, who had granted anticipatory bail to P S Sundar Raj, T Sampathkumar and M Sundaram on August 5, said the order had been obtained by perpetrating a fraud on the court.

''This court is of the considered view that by misrepresentation and fraudulent tactics, the order has been snatched from this court,'' observed Justice Regupathi.

Invoking Section 439 (2) of the code of Criminal Procedure suo motu, and recalling the anticipatory bail granted to the three people, the judge ordered that they be arrested and remanded to custody.

The victim P C Palanisamy and his brother Guhamani, submitted in their review petition that they were abducted at the instigation of the then minister Raja, and the police had registered only bailable offences against the accused.

By suppressing the details relating to criminal offences, the three accused had obtained anticipatory relief from the court, they contended.

On perusing the records, Justice Regupathi, convinced the facts had been misrepresented or suppressed by the accused, said ''Since all the new facts have been brought to the notice of the court, I am of the view that it is a fit case to recall the August five order.'' Meanwhile, 23 other accused have sought anticipatory bail from the same court.

Opposing such a relief to them, Palanisamy and Guhamani too has filed a petition.


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