CHENNAI: Madras High Court granted bail to 15 youth, who were arrested by the Krishnapuram police in Dharmapuri district for offences under various sections of the IPC, Indian Arms Act and Explosive Substances Act.
According to prosecution, prohibitory order under Sec 144 CrPC was promulgated in Dharmapuri district to prevent persons from participating in the first death anniversary of Dalit youth Ilavarasan on July 4 last.
Satish and 14 others were arrested on the charge of violating the prohibitory order and obtaining arms training from naxalites Kalidass and Chandra with the assistance from ‘Thuti’, an organisation intended to educate Dalit youths.
Granting bail to them, Justice P Devadass pointed out that no weapon was seized from them. The petitioners seem to be misguided youth. “Some persons who are stated to be leaders, have misguided the petitioners, who are dumb-driven cattle. They are in jail for a considerable period,” the judge said and granted them bail.
They should be released on their executing a personal bond for `10,000 with two sureties each for a like sum to the satisfaction of the Judicial Magistrate-II in Dharmapuri. They should stay in Tiruchy and report before the Contonment police daily at 11 a.m. the judge added.
The judge, however, refused advance bail to Madhan Raja, an advocate and Bharatprabhu, a Ph.d scholar in Madras Christian College who arrest under the same Acts.
“Very serious allegations are made against the duo, who were alleged to be instrumental in misguiding the other accused to indulge in certain criminal activities. The investigation is going on and the possibility of their custodial interrogation cannot be ruled out,” the judge said and refused them any relief.
The judge also refused bail to Santosh and five others, from whom lethal weapons have been seized by the police. The Collector had also detained them under the National Security Act on July 10 last. The judge, however, granted bail to the 7th petitioner Tirupathi.