HC or­ders rev­enue of­fi­cials to take over Sathanku­lam po­lice sta­tion

The New Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - JEGADEESWA­RI PANDIAN

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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