Chennai, March1 (BPNS)
The Madras High Court on Tuesday dismissed a bail application by D. Kowse Azam Basha who allegedly had plotted and executed the murder of his brother, Dr. D. Masthan who was the then vice chairman of Tamil Nadu Minority Commission.
Madras High Court judge, Justice T.V. Thamilselvi dismissed the bail application after hearing the argument by the prosecution as well as the deceased leader’s son, Dr. Harish Shanavaz.
The Government council Vinoth Raj during his argument said that the investigation of the murder case was at its preliminary stages and that bail should not be granted to the accused. The learned advocate also submitted the forensic report on the murder of Dr. Masthan.
The advocate for Dr. Masthan’s son, S. Manuraj during his argument said that the murder of Dr. Masthan was a preplanned one and that as per the forensic report his clients father was smothered to death by the accused. He also said that Dr. Masthan was also strangulated and objected to the granting of bail to the accused.
Dr. Masthan died on December 21 near Guduvanchery and initially the death was dismissed as due to a heart attack. However, his son raised suspicion and police questioned, Imran Bashs, the son of the petitioner who was with Dr. Masthan during his death.
On interrogation, it was clear that Kowse Azam Basha, the petitioner had communicated with the accused and was arrested. Further probe revealed that Basha and Dr. Masthan were at loggerheads due to some issues regarding sharing of ancestral property.