The Madras High Court on Monday granted conditional bail to AIADMK former councillor S. Jayagopal and his brother-in-law Meghanathan in a case booked against them for causing the death of 23-year-old techie R. Subhasri in Chennai on September 12.
Justice C.V. Karthikeyan directed the duo to pay Rs.25,000 to the Cancer Institute in Chennai and an equal amount to Government Stanley Hospital for the treatment of poor patients. He also directed Jayagopal to stay in Madurai to avoid influencing witnesses.
The young woman, Subhasri, had been crushed under the wheels of a water tanker after an illegal flex board, erected on the roadside in Pallikaranai for the wedding of Jayagopal’s son, was uprooted due to heavy winds, falling on her two-wheeler.
The incident led to public outrage, with many demanding severe action against all those responsible for erecting the flex board — as the High Court had imposed a ban on political flex boards across the State — and against the officials who had failed to act.
A Division Bench of the High Court too took serious note of the issue and ordered a compensation of Rs.5 lakh to the victim’s family. After absconding for long, both the accused were arrested by the police on September 28 and they have remained under incarceration for about 45 days since then.
Their first bail petition in the High Court was dismissed as withdrawn last month.