HC orders revenue officials to take over Sathankulam police station
THE Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday directed the Thoothukudi Collector to depute revenue officials to preserve ‘clues’ at the Sathankulam police station, where P Jeyaraj and his son Beniks were allegedly subjected to custodial torture. A few days later, they died in hospital. A Division Bench of justices PN Prakash and B Pugalendhi gave the direction after the Principal District Judge informed it that the station’s police personnel were not cooperating with the Kovilpatti Judicial Magistrate in the judicial inquiry into the incident.
The judges further directed the Assistant Director of Mobile Forensic Sciences Laboratory of Thoothukudi to immediately collect ‘clues’ from the station. They also granted the official liberty to utilise experts from the Regional Forensic
Sciences Laboratory of Tirunelveli if needed. The case was adjourned to Tuesday.
Later in the day, the court initiated suo motu criminal contempt proceedings against three cops for preventing the JM from carrying out an inquiry at the station. According to the petition, JM submitted a report at the High Court Bench stating that the trio — Additional Superintendent of Police D Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police C Prathapan, and constable Maharajan — came to the police station and intervened in his inquiry. Constable Maharajan made disparaging remarks against him, he said.
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