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Storm in court over Stalin

Chennai, April 21: Drama was witnessed in Tamil Nadu courts today with agitators clashing with police in Saidapet where DMK leader M.K. Stalin was produced and Nakkeeran editor R.R. Gopal alleging in Ponamalle that police were trying to implicate DMK leader M. Karunanidhi, filmstar Rajnikanth and Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna under the anti-terror law.

Hundreds of Stalin’s supporters struggled to push past police and enter the Saidapet metropolitan magistrate’s court complex when the DMK youth wing leader was produced there and charged with “attempt to murder”.

Stalin had allegedly attacked police personnel who had gone to his Velacherry residence on April 10 to arrest him on charges of “criminal trespass” for entering Queen Mary’s College to address agitating students.

In court, Stalin’s counsels argued the police had not remanded their client in the “attempt to murder” case for the last 11 days.

Magistrate V.P. Ravindran extended Stalin’s judicial remand in the “attempt to murder” case up to May 5, while the DMK moved a bail application in the principal sessions court. Late in the evening, Stalin was granted bail.

In the anti-terror law court in suburban Ponamalle, Gopal alleged the prosecution was also trying to implicate Karunanidhi, Rajnikanth and Krishna under the anti-terror law in the probe into the abduction of Kannada actor Rajkumar by Veerappan.

Gopal, who has been held under the anti-terror law, alleged police torture and expressed apprehension when police custody was sought.

However, chief minister Jayalalithaa explained in the Assembly that the case was transferred to the designated court trying cases under the anti-terror law because it had come to light that Gopal had been functioning as an “associate” of Veerappan.

During investigations after his arrest on April 12 night — in connection with the murder of Rajamani, a police informer on Veerappan’s movements in the Sathyamangalam forest — it was also learnt that the Nakkeeran editor had links with the Tamil Nadu Liberation Army and the Tamil National Retrieval Troops, which have been banned under the anti-terror legislation, she said.

In another development, the court also rejected the bail pleas of Tamil Nationalist Movement leader P. Nedumaran and four others arrested under the anti-terror law in August.

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