The Madras High Court on Saturday dismissed the bail plea of Akash, the stalker who burnt alive Induja, a 22-year-old engineer and her mother.
The public prosecutor argued that if bail was granted to Akash, he was likely to destroy evidence in the case.
After hearing the arguments, Justice Pongiappan dismissed the plea.
In November last year, Aakash, who had been Induja‚Äôs schoolmate, entered her house in Divyavarshini apartments at Velachery and got into a squabble.
After a war of words with Induja and her mother, Aakash stepped outside and returned with a can of fuel that he had kept just outside the house. He then set Induja on fire. Her mother, Renuka (43) and her younger sister Nivedha (20) who tried to save Induja also suffered burn injuries.
While Induja had passed away even before she could be taken to a hospital, Renuka and Nivedha were admitted to the burns treatment unit at the Kilpauk Medical College in the city. During admission, Renuka had suffered 49% burns and Nivedha had 23% burns. They were both critical. They had later been shifted to Apollo Hospital in Vananagaram. Renuka too succumbed to her injuries a few days later.
Induja's relatives told the police and media that Aakash had been stalking Induja and became angry when she rejected his advances.
The incident happened at Adambakkam AGS Colony, in Saraswathi Nagar, between 8.45 pm and 9 pm on November 13. The accused, Aakash, absconded right after, but was caught on the following morning.
The Adambakkam police filed an FIR and booked Akash under Section 302 (Punishment for murder) of the Indian Penal Code.