Tamil Nadu: Cops granted custody of accused Dhanapal for 5 days in Kodanad murder case

India Today
3 months ago

The Nilgiris district sessions court in Udhagamandalam on Friday granted police five days' custody of Dhanapal, who was recently arrested in connection with the Kodanad heist and murder case.

C Dhanapal of Edappadi in Salem is the brother of C Kanagaraj, one of the prime accused in the case who died in a road accident in Attur in Salem shortly after the Kodanad incident.

Dhanapal and R Ramesh (34) were arrested in Attur and charged under Indian Penal Code Sections 201 (causing disappearance of evidence), 204 (destruction of evidence), 212 (harbouring offender), and 414 (dishonest misappropriation of property possessed by a diseased person at the time of his death).

Both Ramesh and Dhanapal are also accused of destroying evidence by burning Kanagaraj's mobile phone.

The police sought Dhanapal's custody for ten days to question him about the evidence retrieval.

However, C Sanjai Baba, the district judge-cum-chief judicial magistrate of Udhagamandalam, granted them custody of Dhanapal for five days.

Meanwhile, the police are expected to seek Ramesh's custody in the coming days.

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