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Jayagopal remanded to judicial custody
Tamil Nadu

Jayagopal remanded to judicial custody

S Murari

All India Anna DMK (AIADMK) former councilor Jayagopal, arrested by the police in Krishnagiri on Friday in connection illegal banners he put up which killed young student Subasree in Pallikarani in suburban Chennai was remanded judicial custody till Oct 21 by the judicial magistrate of Alandur on Saturday.

The magistrate, however, refused to remand four workers who put up posters and flags at the behest of Jayagopal, saying they had been booked under bailable sections and the police could release them on bail.

The 23-year-old techie died after an illegal banner erected for Jayagopal's family function fell on her. Jayagopal, who went into hiding after the accident on September 13, was eventually arrested after High Court passed severe strictures.

Immediately after the accident, the police arrested the Bihari driver of a truck which ran over Subasree when she lost her balance upon the banner falling on her. He was booked under Sec 304 A of the IPC (causing death by rash and negligent act) which provides for two years imprisonment.

Acting on a complaint of an assistant engineer of the Chennai Corporation, the police have registered a case against Jayagopal under the Section 4 of The Tamil Nadu Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 1959 for installing the hoarding without permission. It provides for just one year imprisonment

The Chennai Corporation had earlier filed a case under Section 326 of the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919 which provides for maximum punishment of three years jail or fine upto Rs 10,000 on anyone who puts up illegal banners and hoardings.