PUDUCHERRY: A local court here has granted conditional bail to four former police personnel, who were accused in the child prostitution case.
When the bail plea came before the court, Principal District and Sessions judge C V Karthikeyan granted conditional bail to the former cops -- A Anusha Basha, B Kumaravel, V Rajaram and T Sundar. The accused persons, who surrendered earlier, have to sign the register in Yanam Police station in morning and evening.
Two accused persons, former Sub-inspector R Balakrishnan and former Head Constable M Selvakumar and former Constable G Panderinathan, were granted conditional bail last month. The Madras HC had earlier granted bail to two other accused in the case, Inspector V Yuvaraj and Constable G Sankar.
The racket came to light after two minor victims approached Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and explained about sexual abuse by the accused. The minor girls were given soft drinks laced with sedatives and they were pushed into the sex racket by accused Pushpa, Arulmarie, S Ragu, M Manicam, Santhana Jayapragash, Vimalraj and Prakash.
The involvement of police personnel came to light following an identification parade held on orders of Madras HC following a PIL. The nine cops, including a retired cop, identified by the victims were later dismissed from service.