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Tamil Nadu challenges bail to Gopal; SC issues notice

December 20, 2003 19:17 IST

The Supreme Court on Saturday issued notice to Nakeeran editor R R Gopal, who was detained under POTA, on a petition filed by Tamil Nadu government challenging a Madras high court order granting bail to him.

The petition filed by the state government was mentioned before Chief Justice of India V N Khare, who assigned it to a bench comprising Justice R C Lahoti and Justice Brijesh Kumar.

The bench, without hearing any party, issued notice to Gopal and directed listing of the petition for hearing in the court on its reopening after winter vacation.

The high court had on Friday directed that Gopal be set at liberty, faulting the police with not providing any reasons for his arrest under Indian Police Code and POTA.

Allowing a habeas corpus petition filed by Gopal's brother Guruswamy, the high court had granted bail to Gopal and held that Article 22(1) of the Constitution in clear and categorical terms mandated that no arrested person shall be detained in custody without being informed of the grounds of such arrest as soon as possible.

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