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BIHAR-Gangsters and Politicians in Dhanbad

that Raj an was living under police custody, was also not turned as a witness. When this case was going on Mr Antony was the chief minister and therefore the prosecution enjoyed ample opportunity to take (evidence from him." About the reply of Karunakaran to a fetter of Viswanatha Men on, then an MP, relating to the arrest of Rajan, which formed an important part of the ease for prosecution, the judgment has this to say: "By depending upon this reply one cannot make a jump to reach the conclusion that Mr Karunakaran was fully aware of Ra- jan's arrest. Kamnakaran's reply was uncertain and without certainty, The then home secretary gave evidence that the reply was only a routine and ordinary one. . ." The evidences of the two witnesses about the election speech of Karunakaran at Mala constituency is also rejected by the Erna- kulam Court. According to these two witnesses, both belonging to CPI(M), Karunakaran had said in his (election speech that Rajan was arrested following a murder connected with a banned party. 'The then Central minister, Mr A C George, Kerala MLA, Mr E Gopalakrishnan, and several other CPI and RSP leaders were also present on the same platform when Karunakaran made the speech. They should have been brought in as witnesses. . . None of them were found in the witness list".

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