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Indian police have opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Minister Douglas Devananda, saying he continued to be a proclaimed offender and that a non-bailable arrest warrant was still pending against him.

Justice KN Basha of the Madras High Court, before whom the matter came up for hearing on Monday, recused himself from the case and asked the registry to place the matter before the Chief Justice for being posted to some other judge.

Douglas Devananda, now a cabinet Minister in Sri Lanka, figured among the 10 accused named by the Choolaimedu police in a murder case. According to the police, a group of Sri Lankan militants staying in the area quarrelled with the locals. In a fit of rage, one of the militants opened fire, killing one Thirunavukkarasu and injuring two others.

All the 10 were arrested by the city police and a chargesheet too was filed in the case. After obtaining bail, however, all of them fled the country and the case is still pending on the files of the IV additional sessions court here. In 1994, the court declared Douglas a proclaimed offender and issued an arrest warrant.

As a minister in the Mahinda Rajapaksa government, Douglas was part of the Sri Lankan presidential delegation which met the prime minister and others in New Delhi last year and the revelation that he was still a proclaimed offender created a furore.

Douglas then moved the high court, seeking to quash the criminal case against him. Refusing to quash the case, the court asked him to file an anticipatory bail and then approach the sessions court for recalling the arrest warrant.

In his petition, Douglas reiterated his known stand that he did not appear in court because he was under the impression that all cases pending against Sri Lankan Tamil militants had lapsed after India and Sri Lanka signed an agreement in 1987.

Countering his claim and opposing anticipatory bail to him, the city police told the court that Douglas and his accomplices had been evading court appearance since 1994 and that the arrest warrant was still pending against him. It wanted the high court to dismiss Douglas' anticipatory bail plea.

Source: The Times of India
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  • ila Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:36 PM

    he can do the same thing in Tamilnadu what he does in Jaffna. Those who file the case against, should pay attention on what happen to the citizen of Jaffna, who oppose him politically.

    Chandran Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:45 AM

    Usless party and usless ministry. what he has done to public so far specially in north.

    Cobra Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:40 AM

    Quite so Although he is an 'untouchable' over here, he's a nobody over there in India!!!

    N.PERERA Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:07 AM

    NOW, DOUGLAS DEVANANDA SHOULD INFORM SRI LANKA POLICE TO MAKE ARREST WARRANT FOR GOPALSAMY ALIAS VAIKO WHO ILLEGALLY ENTERED TO SRI LANKA DURING THE LTTE TIME. THIS IS VIOLATING OF THE IMMIGRATION AND EMMIGRATION LAW OF THE COUNTRY. IN FACT IT IS WELL KNOW SECRET GOPALSAMY HEAVYLY INVOLVED WITH LTTE .

    Said Hussein Tuesday, 15 February 2011 06:13 AM

    If he has done a crime, then D.D. must face justice.
    There should be no excuse.

    Said Hussein
    London

    cracko Tuesday, 15 February 2011 06:24 AM

    Sri Lanka Amazing! Killers and criminals thug leaders can become ministers here!

    milliband Tuesday, 15 February 2011 07:27 AM

    what about Indian the idiots behind the training of terrorist from Sri -Lanka? No cases against them ??

    KHKaru Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:58 PM

    Only aided and abetted, Kuja.

    sensiv Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:23 PM

    The matter is in the hands of a court let it decide we all still respect the Judiciary. India Sri Lanka or UK all the same. The Judges are good

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:14 AM

    Past sins follwing him wherever he goes. These ex-terroristgs are not "born again"!

    Kuja Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:38 AM

    but he did not kill people!

    Cobra Wednesday, 16 February 2011 02:32 AM

    Oh, give it a little time and the ghosts of the murdered souls will come to testify against DD!


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