Top court refuses to stay CBI probe into po­lice fir­ing on Ster­lite pro­test­ers

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court re­fused on Fri­day to stay the Madras High Court or­der for a CBI probe against po­lice of­fi­cials who opened fire at the anti-ster­lite pro­tes­tors in Tamil Nadu in May this year.

A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice Ran­jan Go­goi, how­ever, is­sued no­tice to the CBI on Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment’s pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the HC or­der.

“We have to see the other side,” the bench told se­nior ad­vo­cate Mukul Ro­hatgi when he sought a stay.

Po­lice fir­ing in Tu­ti­corin dis­trict dur­ing the anti-ster­lite protests had claimed 13 lives. The in­ci­dent hap­pened on May 22 and 23. HC had or­dered reg­is­tra­tion of a crim­i­nal case against se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials and of­fi­cers of the civil ad­min­is­tra­tion. On Au­gust 14, the court di­rected the CBI to take over the probe and con­clude it within four months.

HC had also quashed an or­der de­tain­ing six mem­bers of the “Makkal Ad­hikaram”, a Left out­fit ac­cused of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence in the dis­trict.

Be­fore it ini­ti­ated crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings, the HC had on July 9 di­rected the state gov­ern­ment to fur­nish a video in its possession, which al­legedly showed some anti-ster­lite pro­test­ers car­ry­ing petrol bombs.

A CBI probe, the court said, would in­stil con­fi­dence in the minds of the peo­ple.

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