The Chennai police in Tamil Nadu today said it was in touch with its Delhi counterpart in connection with a 1986 murder case against Sri Lankan minister Douglas Devananda, who is part of a visiting presidential delegation, and will "take action" on the basis of its response.
City police commissioner T Rajendran said Delhi police had been informed about the case and they were waiting for their response even as the Madras high court is to take up tomorrow a petition seeking a direction to the Centre to take immediate steps for the arrest of Devananda in the November 1986 murder case.
"We are in touch with the Delhi police. We have sent a message to them. Based on their reaction, we will take action," Rajendran told reporters here. He was asked about the action the police intends to take in the case.
Asked if Devananda had been given amnesty, he said, "I can't tell you that. What I can say is (that) we are in touch with them."
The Madras high court will take up the petition by P Pugalenthi, secretary of Tamil Nadu Peoples Rights Forum, a pro-Sri Lankan Tamils body, claiming that the VIth additional sessions judge in June 1994 had issued a proclamation warrant against Devananda treating him as 'absconding accused'.
Submitting that charges had been framed against Devananda on January 20, 1987 for various offences under IPC including murder and Indian Arms Act, Pugalenthi said Devananda was currently on a visit to the country along with the president and the police "are supposed to do their duty and arrest him immediately, he being an absconding person".
Failure of the Centre to arrest Devananda and prosecute him according to the law would violate Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution, Pugalenthi, an advocate, claimed.
He alleged that the minister was also was also wanted in two other cases.
Pugalenthi's counsel M Radhakrishnan made a mention before the acting chief justice Elip Dharma Rao, who directed the registry to number the petition and post it for hearing tomorrow.
Devananda, who is accompanying Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, has said in New Delhi that all political leaders were pardoned as per the Indo-Sri Lanka pact but he was prepared to face legal action, if any.
"I don't know about that but, according to the Indo-Sri Lanka agreement, they have given pardon to all leaders, all political leaders....If there is anything legal, I am prepared to face that," he said. (PTI)
A neat ploy to get rid of him by some interested parties?
Thursday, 10 June 2010 04:52 PM
So we have a guy who is wanted for murder as a minister in Sri lanka.
Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:07 PM
right time to put this guy in prison.... shame for us, this guy represents us.......
Thursday, 10 June 2010 05:26 PM
He is probably travelling on diplomatic passport, and no one in India can do anything to him. He is safe for good or bad for others.
Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:14 PM
Another disgraceful interview with a Television channel after the Gota debacle on BBC. This time, on an Indian TV Channel by an ex-terrorist who does not know whether he is coming or going - and that too is really bad, broken English. Why do these people go and make a mockery of themselves bringing disrepute to the country as well as the educated people still living in Sri Lanka.
Thursday, 10 June 2010 07:58 PM
No action can be taken against him. Remember, he is with the 'king,' along with the 'king's' men!
Thursday, 10 June 2010 10:29 PM
Justice is 'truth in action,' but in India, justice is 'politics in action.'
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:12 AM
It'll be a diplomatic disaster, if he were to be arrested while in presidential entourage.
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:26 AM
Yes, he has to be arrested and punished for his involvement.
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:35 AM
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:54 AM
Arrest him and put him on trial if you have evidence, good lesson for all tamils who take for granted the hospitality of host countries
Friday, 11 June 2010 01:38 AM
another silent move of Gosl
Friday, 11 June 2010 01:51 AM
GUILTY MUST BE PUNISHED. Government is not GOD to give forgiveness
Friday, 11 June 2010 03:08 AM
All are equal before the Law. No ammnesty or immunity. He is only a minister to Banana Republic. Take action, it would be a detterent to other politicians as well.
Friday, 11 June 2010 03:22 AM
Friday, 11 June 2010 03:57 AM
Phil you are Correct
Friday, 11 June 2010 04:07 AM
What is baffling is why the Tamil Nadu Police chose to sleep on this 'case' for all these long years. If they were really interested, couldn't they have pursued matters through the Centre in Delhi or even sought Interpol assistance to apprehend Devananda?
Friday, 11 June 2010 04:24 AM
anyone can escape in sri lanka after commtiing any sort crime. atleast let others punish them...
Friday, 11 June 2010 04:31 AM
well said. i have heard so many accusations against MR.Devananda ( about taking ransoms , intimidating opponents ,having a monopoly of sea cargo services to the north ) .lets wait and see.
Thursday, 10 June 2010 04:02 PM
Mr.Deva is No More Relevant to India.
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