Indian police have opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Minister Douglas Devananda, saying he continued to be a proclaimed offender and that a non-bailable arrest warrant was still pending against him.
Justice KN Basha of the Madras High Court, before whom the matter came up for hearing on Monday, recused himself from the case and asked the registry to place the matter before the Chief Justice for being posted to some other judge.
Douglas Devananda, now a cabinet Minister in Sri Lanka, figured among the 10 accused named by the Choolaimedu police in a murder case. According to the police, a group of Sri Lankan militants staying in the area quarrelled with the locals. In a fit of rage, one of the militants opened fire, killing one Thirunavukkarasu and injuring two others.
All the 10 were arrested by the city police and a chargesheet too was filed in the case. After obtaining bail, however, all of them fled the country and the case is still pending on the files of the IV additional sessions court here. In 1994, the court declared Douglas a proclaimed offender and issued an arrest warrant.