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HC directs Venkatesan aides to surrender

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI OCT. 27. The Madras High Court has directed two suspected associates of Venkatesa Pannaiyar, who was shot dead in a police encounter, to surrender either to the police or court immediately.

If they failed to do so, the City Police Commissioner shall ensure that they are arrested in connection with the `Leader Capitals Private Ltd case', and remanded immediately.

Justice M. Karpagavinayagam gave the direction after dismissing an anticipatory bail petition filed by Jai Ganesh, auditor and chairman, Kay Am Industrial and Consultancy Private Limited, and A. Sandeep.

The prosecution case was that Mr. Jai Ganesh advised many of his clients to invest in Leader Capitals. When the company failed to return Rs. 1.36 crores, he approached Venkatesa Pannaiyar and one `Pepsi' Murali to get recover the money for a commission of Rs. 20 lakhs. The duo and others threatened Leader Capitals employees and took away cash and cheques at gunpoint.

The petitioners feared arrest in connection with the criminal intimidation case and contended that they had nothing to do with Venkatesa Pannaiyar.

However, Mr. Justice Karpagavinayagam said there were sufficient materials to show that the petitioners approached Venkatesa Pannaiyar for collecting money from the company, adopting illegal methods. A perusal of the case diary would show that the investigation was at a crucial stage, the judge said. Plea for CBI enquiry

Meanwhile, C. Periyasamy, president, `Nadar Padukaapu Aravazhi Poratta Kuzhu' (struggle committee) sought a CBI enquiry into the death of Venkatesa Pannaiyar. He said the appointment of a Commission of Inquiry by the State Government was an "eyewash" and the community would boycott it.

The committee would meet the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, and seek an NHRC probe. Action should be taken against police officers responsible for Venkatesa Panniyar's death and a case should be registered against them, Mr.Periyasamy told presspersons here.

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