186 retrenched workers get respite as court grants bail

Published: 15th June 2013 10:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2013 10:55 AM   |  A+A-

As many as 186 retrenched workers who were jailed heaved a sigh of relief when they were granted bail by the court on Friday in the cases filed against them at the Odiansalai Police station.

Conditional bail was granted to the 186 retrenched workers, who were remanded to judicial custody and were lodged in Kalapet Central Jail three days ago.

A team of lawyers from Congress party’s legal cell, including Maruthupandian, Shibi S, Kulothungan, Munnusamy, Rajagopal and Ambalavanan moved the bail

applications for the workers.  When the bail plea came up for hearing before Judicial Magistrate I Damodaran, as the Chief Judicial Magistrate Venkatakrishnan was on leave, the judge granted conditional bail on a bond of Rs 5,000 and a surety for all the 186 workers. They have also been asked to present themselves and sign the register at the Kalapet Police Station at 10 am every day.

The procedure for the release of retrenched workers, who were in jail for the past four days, were undertaken after the release order was submitted.

Two separate cases have been filed against the retrenched workers, at Kalapet and Odiansalai police stations.

Cases have been registered against the retrenched workers and they have been charged under Sections 147 (rioting), 283 (obstruction in public way), 353 (assault on public servant while on duty), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to public servant) of the IPC and read with Section 149 (unlawful assembly) and Section 3 of the PDPP Act.


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