Re: Ramar arrested??? CBI vs Ram why now???

Re: Ramar arrested??? CBI vs Ram why now???


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Posted by John on March 21, 2000 at 16:35:58:

In Reply to: Re: Ramar arrested??? CBI vs Ram why now??? posted by John on March 18, 2000 at 05:11:22:

I am not convinced that CBI is making a proper argument for the arrest of Ramar
from the article below
Hindu regional

Ramar Pillai's bail plea dismissed

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, MARCH 21. A Special Court trying CBI cases today dismissed a bail
application filed on behalf of the self- proclaimed herbal fuel inventor, Mr. Ramar Pillai.

The Court accepted the CBI's contention that Mr. Pillai's life was in danger and if he
was released, the ``other conspirators'' might attempt on his life, to escape from the
clutches of law.

Considering the nature of the offence and that the investigation was still pending, and the
reports filed by the CBI which disclosed at this stage that the product manufactured by
Mr. Pillai was only a mixture of benzene and toluene, this court is not inclined to grant
bail, the Special Judge, Mr. R. Muniratnam, said.

Mr. Pillai was arrested by the CBI for an alleged offence of cheating and conspiracy, for
offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, the Regulations for supply and
distribution of motor fuels, besides the Essential Commodities Act. The `inventor'
contended he had been falsely implicated under pressure. However, the CBI denied any
such pressure and stated that Mr. Pillai was selling `Ramar's Tamizh Devi Herbal
Petrol``, without satisfying the requirements of ISI standards. He did not make any
herbal fuel, but was using some chemicals to make a fuel which was not petrol as
prescribed by ISI standards. The probe was at a crucial stage and his release could
affect further investigation.

The Judge said there was substance in the CBI's contention that the line of investigation
was known to Mr. Pillai and in the event of his release, he would disclose the same to
the other conspirators, which could affect the progress of the probe.

Mr. Pillai was arrested on March 11 and taken into CBI custody. He was transferred to
judicial custody last week.

Meanwhile, the CBI is likely to file before the court some additional documents based
on the progress of the probe.


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