Dalit priest’s suicide: Tamil Nadu minister Panneerselvam’s brother gets bail
MADURAI: A sessions court in Theni on Wednesday granted bail to O Raja, brother of Tamil Nadu finance minister O Panneerselvam, in a case relating to the suicide of a dalit priest.
The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on June 11 directed Raja to surrender before the sessions court within three weeks and file a bail application. The high court also directed the court to pass orders on Raja’s petition on merits.
Accordingly, Raja surrendered before the court on Wednesday. Later, when his case was called for, he filed a petition seeking bail.
During hearing, the government side didn’t raise any objection to granting him bail. However, the counsel for the deceased priest’s father raised objections.
After hearing all sides, judge V Sivagnanam passed orders granting him bail.
Raja has been booked under the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for allegedly abetting the suicide of dalit priest S Nagamuthu. Nagamuthu committed suicide on December 7, 2012.