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POTA panel told to decide Editorís case
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 9
The Supreme Court today directed the Central Pota Review Committee, headed by Justice A. B. Sahrya to decide within four weeks an application seeking the review of the arrest of Tamil magazine Nakeeranís Editor R. R. Gopal under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) by the state government.

The direction was issued by a Bench of Mr Chief Justice R. C. Lahoti, Mr Justice G. P. Mathur and Mr Justice A. K. Mathur, while hearing the Tamil Nadu Governmentís appeal challenging the grant of bail to Gopal by the Madras High Court.

Gopalís counsel informed the apex court that the Editorís father had moved an application before the POTA review committee for a re-examination of the charges against him under the anti-terrorism law.

Counsel told the court that the committee had on July 7 adjourned hearing on the application, stating that it was only giving priority to the cases where a person is in judicial custody.
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