June 9, 2012: The bail application of former DMK minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam and five others, accused of vandalising Angammal Colony, was dismissed by District Principal Judge S. Bhaskaran in Salem on Friday.
Meanwhile, a five-member fact-finding group, which visited the controversial Angammal colony near Salem to probe allegations that supporters of Veerapandi Arumugam had assaulted its residents and set a few huts on fire, has concluded that the senior DMK leader’s arrest was not due to political vendetta.
The team, comprising activists and led by People’s Union for Human Rights state president A Marx, released its report on Friday.
Meanwhile, in the Salem court, Government prosecutors Govindaraj and Dhanasekaran argued that if Arumugam and others were released on bail, a law and order problem would arise. Five other accused still at large had moved anticipatory bail applications, which were also rejected.
Salem City Police on June 4 arrested the former minister from his Chennai residence on charges of abetment and conspiracy unleashed on the residents of Angammal Colony on Sunday. He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate in Salem, lodged in Puzhal prison and later shifted to Vellore Prison.