Chennai court dismisses bail plea on behalf of Swathi's murder

Chennai court dismisses bail plea on behalf of Swathi's murder
Chennai court dismisses bail plea on behalf of Swathis murder suspect P Ramkumar

CHENNAI: A 'controversial' bail application filed 'on behalf of' P Ramkumar, the lone suspect in the murder of software engineer S Swathi, was dismissed by a sessions court in Chennai on Friday.

Principal sessions judge G Jayachandran rejected the plea for 'no representation' of the accused.

Swathi, an Infosys employee, was murdered in full public view at Nungambakkam railway station while she was waiting for a train on June 24.

Ramkumar was nabbed a week later, based on a CCTV footage widely circulated by police.

Ramkumar allegedly slit his own throat to commit suicide, a bail petition was filed in the sessions court, completely denying the police version.

It claimed that Ramkumar was innocent and that it was police who inflicted the neck injury on him during arrest and that the accused had not attempted suicide.

A controversy followed soon after. It was alleged by city public prosecutor M L Jagan that the bail plea had been filed without the consent and knowledge of Ramkumar's family and that the advocate had done it for publicity.

The next day, the advocate announced that he was pulling out of the case.

Under the circumstances, it was expected that the unauthorised bail petition before the sessions court would go unrepresented. On Friday, when there was no representation on the side of the accused, principal sessions judge Jayachandran dismissed the case.

Ramkumar is at present in police custody, and the three-day initial police custody is slated to end on Friday evening.

Chennai court dismisses bail plea on behalf of Swathis murder suspect P Ramkumar