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Jail awaits two Kodanad case accused

UDHAGAMANDALAM: Nearly a yr and part after walking out of jail -- on bail -- within the sensational Kodanad property murder-dacoity case, two key suspects are set to return to jail, as a district court cancelled their bails on Friday.
The district periods court in Ooty cancelled the bails of KV Sayan and ‘Walayar’ Manoj, after the prosecution argued that the witnesses were being threatened via the duo. The Nilgiris police filed cancellation petitions before the court invoking sections 437(five) and 439 of the CrPC, which empower the court concerned to revoke bail and commit the accused to custody once more.

When contacted, Nilgiris district superintendent of police D Shanmuga Priya instructed TOI: “The periods court has cancelled the bail order for the accused. Soon arrest warrants will be done towards them.” While prosecution sought cancellation of bail of the entire four -- Sayan, Manoj, Deepu and Joy – the court obliged when it comes to handiest two.

Days after a Delhi-based journalist came out with a video showing Sayan and Manoj, and claiming leader minister Edappadi Okay Palaniswami’s function within the dacoity-murder at Kodanad property in 2017, police moved the Nilgiris court to cancel their bail, at the floor that they were trying to affect the witnesses and derail trial. Violation of conditions and attempt to intervene with investigation/trial are legitimate grounds for cancellation of bail of suspects.

In September 2017, the police filed a 300-page chargesheet before the jurisdictional judicial Justice of the Peace court in Kotagiri. The chargesheet included forensic reviews, inquiry main points of 97 witnesses and 69 documents detailing automobiles and guns utilized by the accused.

Last month, a Justice of the Peace court in Chennai had declined to remand Sayan and Manoj in judicial custody, when police registered a fresh case for linking leader minister Palaniswami to the Kodanad property incidents. The leader minister, then, filed a civil suit within the Madras high court seeking Rs 1.1 crore reimbursement from the journalist and others who had featured within the recorded video. The court has since restrained them from giving interviews towards Palaniswami at the topic, until further orders.

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