Madurai High Court Bench grants conditional bail to garnet exporter
He was absconding for a long time to evade arrest
MADURAI: The State police on Monday softened its stand in a case registered against S. Vaigundarajan, a garnet exporter and major shareholder of Jaya TV, under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962.Appearing before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, the State Public Prosecutor, Raja Elango, submitted that he had no objection to granting anticipatory bail to the exporter.Recording the submission, Justice G. Rajasuria ordered advance bail on condition that the exporter should appear daily before the Valliyoor Judicial Magistrate in Tirunelveli district. The Judge adjourned the hearing on another petition seeking to quash the first information report (FIR) in the case.
The Kanyakumari Crime Branch Police had registered a case against the exporter for allegedly exporting monazite (containing thorium, a radioactive element) to foreign countries. He was also included as an accused in many other cases registered by the police in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts.The exporter was absconding for a long time to evade arrest. He had obtained anticipatory bail in a few cases. His brother and wife too had filed writ petitions alleging that the police were harassing them to disclose the whereabouts of the exporter.
In the affidavits filed before the court, Mr. Vaigundarajan said that he was being targeted owing to “political motive.”The Bench, on August 9, dismissed an anticipatory bail application filed by the exporter in the Atomic Energy Act case following stiff opposition from the prosecution. Then, the police insisted on interrogating him under their custody. Hence, the court said that he could be given advance bail, subject to the condition that he should surrender before the Magistrate concerned.
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