June 19, 2018
The Madurai Bench dismissed the anticipatory bail petitions filed by two advocates, accused of instigating violence during the protest against Sterlite in Thoothukudi on May 22.
The court noted that the petitioners, being organisers of the protest, should not shy away from responsibilities and face police interrogation.
The petitioners – S Vanchinathan and K Hariraghavan, advocates and members of People’s Rights Protection Centre who were apprehending arrests contended that they did not indulge in any kind of violence and that they were present at the spot only to provide legal assistance to the protesters by facilitating talks with the government authorities.
However, the Additional Advocate General (AAG) Chellapandian who appeared on behalf of the State opposed granting advance bail and contended that the petitioners had violated the prohibitory order and also instigated the protesters.
Urgent Information from Advocate V Suresh. General Secretary, PEOPLE’S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES.
Information has just been received that Adv. Vanchinathan of Madurai who has been counsel for many cases filed on behalf of Thoothukudi citizens and anti Sterlite protest groups, has been arrested at 01.00 am today by Chennai police. This is a direct assault on lawyers practicing in the human rights field and should be strongly opposed. The TN government and the police are trying to silence all democratic forces and produce a chilling effect to scare other lawyers from appearing in sensitive cases challenging undemocratic and anti-constitutional policies and actions of the government.
Advocate Vanchi nathan was arrested in Chennai Airport for Tutucorin incident in Crime no. 190 of 2018 Sipcot Police station u/sec 147, 148, 188, 353, 506 (2) and sec. 3 TNPPDL Act. He is the State Co-ordinator of People’s Right Protection Center and practicing law at Madurai Bench of Madras High Court at Madurai. It is the cowardice act of Tamil Nadu government killing the innocent unarmed people of thoothukudi and putting blame on public spirited activist who helped the people of thoothukudi legally and morally.
(Facebook, June 21, 2018)
Release People’s Advocate Vanchit Nathan immediately and unconditionally!
(IAPL – Indian Association of People’s Lawyers Facebook, 21/6/18)