Interview with Appu: “We will get acquitted”
Kumudam Reporter (17.2.05)claims it managed to get an interview with Appu when he was presented in the court on 10th Feb. Here is a jist;
KR: Goonda Act has been slapped on you, did you expect this?
A: I never expected this. I dont know what to do. Goonda Act has been applied even on a fellow who surrendered in the first instance, whom police claims is not a true accused. Now a days no thought is being given in applying Goonda act.
KR: You have told earlier that you have spoken to Premkumar S.P. before surrendering. During these talks did he say anything about imposing Goonda Act on you?
A: No, not at all! He told "Please surrender yourself, I am not able to withstand the pressure from higher authorities. I will see you are not in any way affected". Ultimately he has slapped Goonda Act on me. I have behaved exactly as I promised in my telephone conversation, but he did not behave in the same way. But why should they prevent anybody from meeting me when I am under judicial custody? I am being kept in a separate cell. Police is showing extra interest in interfering even in the prison administration. On the whole Premkumar has not kept his promises and behaved in a totally different way.
KR: Well, what is your next step?
A: Next step is court only! I will prove how we are not involved with this case and get acquitted!
KR: In this case Ravi Subramanian has turned approver?
A: Has he become approver, has he been made approver? Police has made him approver and kept him in their custody! He may even turn against them when he comes to the court! Who knows? Police is afraid of that. That is why they are not even allowing his wife to meet him.Is there a law which says that just because one fellow has turned approver all the others will get convicted? If if is so, why should there be a court, examination of witness etc are sitpulated? We cannot be convicted in this case! It is sure we will get acquitted!
KR: Lot of enthusiasm is shown to complete the case early?
A: It is not enthusiasm, they are obssessed! Is there any case where a
Xerox machine worth Rs. 20 laksh has been purchased for taking copies?
Is there a case in which Crores of Rupees has ever been spent to bring a lawyer from Delhi to argue a bail? There is a reason for all this.
In additin to the above KR also gives other interesting tidbits about the case. some of the important are:
1. A special almirah has been kept for keeping all the documents in the Kanchipuram Court. Premkumar kept all the documents in the almirah and gave a key to Justice Utthamaraj but kept a duplicate key with himself. Police go frequently with the duplicate key and remove and again keep the doucments whenever they want! The lawyers of Jayendrar tell that once the documents are submitted to the court, police cannot see the
document without the permission of the court. No rules are being followed in this case!
2. The police personnel in the SIT wallows in money since their inception.
Lot of money is being collected from persons under the threat that they will be included in the case. A TATA SUMO van belonging to a travel agent (threatened likewise) is running with a sticker "Police" to attend to the household duties of a Police Officer!
3. Even though a Xerox machine costing Rs.20 lakhs purchased for the case, without using it, 80000 pages of copies are xeroxed in a private xerox company in Adyar!
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