Raj Bhavan defends action against Nakkheeran
35 workers, including journos, who were named in FIR registered by Zam Bazaar police, moves HC seeking advance bail, matter adjourned till Oct 25
THE government advocate has told the Madras High Court that police will not arrest the employees of Nakkheeran magazine in connection with a complaint from the Governor’s office regarding an article.
Recording the submission, Justice M Dhandapani adjourned the matter till October 25.
Thirty-five employees, including the magazine journalists, whose names were found in the FIR registered by Zam Bazaar police, have moved the court seeking anticipatory bail. Magazine editor R R Gopal was arrested at the airport on October 9, based on a complaint from the Governor’s office.
The Tamil magazine had published in its April issue, an article about the issue relating to alleged ‘luring’ of girl students by Aruppukottai college suspended assistant professor Nirmala Devi. She was arrested for allegedly persuading four girl students to offer sexual favours to top officials in Madurai Kamaraj University.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who is also the Chancellor of the university, clarified that he had never met Nirmala Devi.
Based on a complaint filed by Governor’s secretary, Zam Bazaar police registered a case against Gopal. He was booked under Section 124 (Assaulting President, Governor) IPC.
However, when police produced him before a magistrate for remand, the court refused to send him to judicial custody under that provision.
As the names of 35 other employees of the magazine were found in the FIR, they preferred the present application seeking advance bail. THE Madras High Court has ordered status quo on the DVAC probe into the alleged irregularities in the construction of the new secretariat complex in the Omandoorar Estate on Anna Salai by the then DMK government. A division bench granted the relief when an appeal from DMK president M K Stalin came up on Friday. In his appeal, Stalin sought to set aside an order of the single judge, who directed the Justice R Reghupathy Commission of Inquiry to hand over the records to the state government, which, in turn, was asked to scrutinise the same and if prima facie case was found, then only to institute criminal prosecution.
Stalin’s senior counsel P Wilson submitted that the State had straight away handed over the documents to the DVAC and the single judge had gone to the extent of giving directions to the State government to order the probe, which were not even prayed for in the writ petition, he added.
Advocate-General Vijay Narayan submitted that the Commission was appointed to probe the allegations in the construction of the buildings. However, the petitioner moved the High Court and obtained a stay in 2013. The panel came to a near standstill. While so, when the case came up for hearing before a single judge in August this year, the judge felt that the constitution of Commission of Inquiry was unnecessary and waste of public money.
Wilson said registration of preliminary enquiry itself was the first stage of enquiry. The impugned order had set the law in motion. The appellant apprehends anything may happen in another 10 days, he added and prayed to the court to stay the single judge’s order.