Madras high court dismisses anticipatory bail plea of BJP leader H Raja | Chennai News – Times of India


MADURAI: Observing that there was no necessity to file anticipatory bail petition as the trial court had only issued summons, the Madras high court on Monday dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former BJP national secretary and another person in a case registered by the Pudukkottai district police for passing derogatory comments on judiciary in 2018. The court also directed them to appear before the Thirumayam judicial magistrate court on July 23 for trial.
The court was hearing the bail petition filed by Raja and V Suryanarayanan who is the news editor of RSS South Union.
Justice G Chandrasekharan observed that the allegation made against the petitioner is that he made derogatory remarks against the high court and also the police. The judge observed that the allegations against the petitioners and other accused are the subject matter of the trial and the high court at this stage could not go into merits of the case.
Taking note of the fact that the trial court had only issued summons for the appearance of the petitioners, the judge observed that the court was of the view that there was no necessity for filing this petition seeking anticipatory bail. Hence, the judge dismissed the petition and directed the petitioners to appear before Thirumayam judicial magistrate court on July 23 for facing trial.
The case of the prosecution is that petitioners and other persons by violating the orders of the court proceeded to set up a stage for a meeting as a part of Vinayagar Chaturthi celebrations in Pudukkottai district on September 15, 2018. When police officials attempted to stop them, Raja picked up an argument during which he passed derogatory comments about the judiciary.
Following this incident, the Thirumayam police registered a case against petitioners and other people. After completing the investigation, the police filed the final report which was taken cognizance by the Thirumayam judicial magistrate court.
The petitioners stated that they had not committed any offence as alleged by the prosecution and their reputation would be affected if they were arrested. The government advocate opposed the grant of anticipatory bail to the petitioners and an intervening petition was also filed opposing the grant of anticipatory bail to the petitioners.
It may be recalled that after Raja made derogatory remarks about the judiciary, a suo motu contempt proceedings was initiated against him at the principal seat of the court in Chennai. After Raja apologised to the high court, the contempt proceedings were closed.

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