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Kanchi assault case: High Court grants bail to three accused

What is India News Service, Friday, 28 January 2005, 2000 hrs IST

The Madras High Court granted bail to three of the six accused in the Radhakrishnan assault case, in which the Kanchi Seer Jayendra Saraswathi, a co-accused, has already obtained bail.

Granting bail to Kannan, Bhoominathan and Kumar, Justice M Thanikachalam, however, rejected the bail pleas of Anand and Meenakshisundaram on the ground that they were not entitled for the relief as they had been booked under the Goondas Act.

The bail application by Laskhmanan, who was allegedly directly involved in the attack, was also dismissed by the judge, who held that 'it cannot be said that there was no material against him'.

Anand and Lakshmanan have been identified as the two who carried out the attack against Radhakrishnan, a former mutt associate, his wife and an attendant, in the city on Sept. 20, 2002.

Kanchi Mutt Junior Acharya Vijayendra Saraswati, who moved Madras High Court seeking anticipatory bail in the Radhakrishnan assault case, would not be arrested in the case till his petition was disposed of, the prosecution told the court today.
While seeking adjournment of the case for a week, Public Prosecutor K Duraisamy told the court that the prosecution would follow the High Court order, which had stated that those who moved the High Court seeking anticipatory bail should not be arrested till the disposal of their petitions.

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Three accused got bail: The Madras High Court granted bail to three accused in the Radhakrishnan assault case, in which the senior Kanchi is a co-accused.

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