- Madurai: The Madras high court has granted bail to two men, arrested in connection with illegal transportation of PDS rice, after they undertook to pay a non-refundable deposit of Rs 5,000 each to the Madras High Court Madurai Bench Advocate Clerk’s Welfare Association.
The petitioners – Saravanan, a owner of a rice mill and Murugavel, a temporary employee of a PDS shop were arrested by the Sivaganga civil supplies CID on July 22 since they were involved in illegal transportation of PDS rice in a van.
They were booked under sections of the Essential Commodities Act. Saravanan and Murugavel, who were arrayed as first and third accused respectively in the case moved the high court Madurai bench seeking bail.
Hearing the plea, justice V Bharathidasan granted bail to the petitioners and directed them to pay Rs 5,000 each to the association. The judge also directed the petitioners to report before the police as and when required for interrogation and also directed them not tamper with evidence or witness.