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Hearing on lawyers’ bail plea accused of staging anti-Sterlite protests adjourned till June 18

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Jun 2018 4:30pm

Hearing on lawyers’ bail plea accused of staging anti-Sterlite protests adjourned till June 18

On Thursday, the Madurai bench of the Madras HC adjourned hearing of an anticipatory bail application filed by two lawyers, who were booked by the police officials for allegedly arranging the protests against the Sterlite plant in Tuticorin.

The bail petition had initially come up for hearing on June 7 before a bench of Justice GR Swaminathan, who had directed the police not to arrest the two advocates.

Meanwhile, when the bail plea came up for hearing on June 14, the judge further adjourned it to June 18.

Advocates S Vanchinathan of Madurai and Hari Raghavan of Tuticorin were booked by the Tuticorin police under Sections of the IPC including 506 (2) (Criminal intimidation), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging duty) and Section 3 of the Tamil Nadu Property (prevention of damages and loss) Act.

In the bail petition, the petitioners contended that they were present in the riot-hit town of Thoothukudi only to provide legal support and advice to the members of the Anti-Sterlite Federation.

The petitioners further claimed that the allegations of their connection to the violent actions as mentioned in the FIR were false, and submitted that the police acted to suppress their voices.

Tagged: Madurai Bench   Madras High Court   Sterlite Protests   Tuticorin  
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