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Kodanad case: warrants issued to eight accused

- Staff Reporter

Non-bailable warrants were issued against eight accused in the Kodanad murder-cum-heist case by district judge P. Vadamalai in Udhagamand­alam on Friday. The warrants were issued after eight of the accused failed to turn up for the hearing at the district sessions court.

According to sources, one of the witness in the case had approached the Madras High Court with a petition seeking a timebound trial, currently in progress in Udhagamand­alam. The High Court then directed the sessions court to complete the trial within 90 days.

The 10 accused in the Kodanad heist-cum-murder case — K.V Sayan, ‘Walayar’ Manoj, Santhosh Sami, Deepu, Satheeshan, M. Kutti alias Bijin, Jithin Joy, Manoj Sami, Zamsheer and Udhayakuma­r — were directed to be present before the court on Friday. However, except two — K.V.Sayan and ‘Walayar’ Manoj — the others did not turn up.

District judge P. Vadamalai issued non-bailable warrants against them. Public prosecutor Bala Nandhakuma­r appeared for the prosecutio­n. Defence counsel G. Anandan said that his clients were unable to make it to Udhagamand­alam owing to restrictio­ns on travel due to COVID-19.

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