Cops Response Requested On ‘Sattai’ Duraimurugan’s Plea Seeking Bail

Chennai:

The Madras High Court has ordered the State Police to file its response by February 16 on the bail application filed by “Sattai” Duraimurugan, a YouTuber who was arrested for spreading false information about the health of workers at the Foxconn factory in December. It was later booked under the Goondas Act.

Judge M Nirmal Kumar issued the instruction during the bail appeal hearing of ‘Sattai’ Duraimurugan alias Murugan, who prayed for an instruction granting him bail by quashing all held cases against him, including detention under the Goondas Act. The petitioner claimed he was arrested for political animosity and denied spreading malicious information.

The government lawyer replied that charges had been brought against him for spreading false information. Pointing out that Murugan was out on bail in another case, the lawyer said the defendant also breached his bail conditions.

Recording the observations, the judge ordered the police to file a detailed report in this case on February 16.

Tiruvallur District Police have convicted YouTuber Duraimurugan under seven ICC Articles, Epidemic Diseases Act and Disaster Management Act for posting a social media post on December 19 alleging that several factory workers had died of food poisoning.

After being arrested and taken into custody, Tiruvallur Collector V Alby John ordered his detention under the Goondas Act on January 2.

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