Coming close on the heels of the quashing of the detention of two of the accused in the Pollachi sexual assault case, the Madras High Court on Wednesday quashed a preventive detention order against K V Sayan, a key accused in the 2017 Kodanadu heist-and-murder case.
“When they (the documents) are furnished to the petitioner, they should be legible enough to read. That is the very object of furnishing copies of the documents relied upon. Therefore, on these grounds, the impugned detention order is liable to be set aside,” the bench said.
The bench also refused to accept the prosecution submission that the detention order was not passed against the accused for giving media interview against Chief Minister K Palaniswami, saying, “It is important to note that the detention order was passed after the remarks were made by the petitioner against the Chief Minister.” Sayan and nine others were arrested on charges of killing Om Bahadur, a security guard at the bungalow in Kodanadu owned by the late CM, J Jayalalithaa, in 2017. He was granted bail by a court in Udhagamandalam, but it cancelled the relief in February this year for violation of the bail condition.