Top court refuses to stay CBI probe in anti-Ster­lite fir­ing

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Fri­day re­fused to stay the Madras High Court or­der for a CBI probe against po­lice of­fi­cials for fir­ing at anti-Ster­lite pro­test­ers in Tamil Nadu in May this year.

A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi is­sued no­tice to the CBI on the pe­ti­tion filed by the Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment chal­leng­ing the High Court or­der.

“We have to see the other side,” said the bench, also com­pris­ing Jus­tice SK Kaul, when se­nior ad­vo­cate Mukul Ro­hatgi sought the stay.

The po­lice fir­ing had taken place in Tu­ti­corin dis­trict dur­ing the anti-Ster­lite protests claim­ing 13 lives on May 22 and 23.

The High Court or­dered that FIRs be reg­is­tered against top po­lice of­fi­cials and of­fi­cials of the civil ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The HC on Au­gust 14 had trans­ferred to the CBI the probe into the po­lice fir­ing and di­rected the agency to con­clude the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in four months.

It had also quashed an or­der de­tain­ing six mem­bers of the ‘Makkal Ad­hikaram,’ a Left out­fit ac­cused of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence in the dis­trict.

On May 22, af­ter the Tu­ti­corin

dis­trict col­lec­torate was pick­eted to seek the clo­sure of cop­per plant of Ster­lite, a unit of the Vedanata group over pol­lu­tion con­cerns, large-scale vi­o­lence had fol­lowed.

The con­se­quent po­lice fir­ing 13 peo­ple were killed on May 22 and 23.

The HC had on July 9 di­rected the state to fur­nish a video in its possession, al­legedly show­ing some anti-Ster­lite pro­test­ers with petrol bombs dur­ing the stir.

—PTI

Po­lice of­fi­cers fired at anti-Ster­lite pro­test­ers on May 23, killing 13

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