Police on Tuesday arrested idol smuggling racket kingpin Deenadayalan today. He was produced before the Egmore judicial magistrate court, which ordered 15 days judicial custody to him.
Deenadayalan, the prime suspect of the recently busted idol smuggling racket, had surrendered on June 3 after the police issued notice asking him to appear before them.
However, without arresting him, the police adopted the strategy of interrogating him. After producing before the court, the octogenarian was sent to Puzhal central prison in the city. For the past 18 days, the idol wing of the state police has been interrogating Deenadayalan without arresting him.
The police had earlier seized idols and paintings (some more than 2000 years old) of antique value from three places, including his house in Alwarpet.
The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE) officials and priests, who checked Deenadayalan’s collection for the past few days, had identified two idols stolen from temples in Perambalur and Tiruchy districts.
The police had earlier arrested Maan Singh (55), Rajamani (60) and Kumar (60) in connection with the same case for helping Deenadayalan. Deenadayalan, who was running an art gallery in Teynampet since 1995 had smuggled idols to New York and Australia with the help of a dealer in Mumbai.
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