His­tory-sheet against ad­vo­cate quashed

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

EX­PRESS NEWS SER­VICE @ Madu­rai

CRIT­I­CIS­ING the po­lice for brand­ing an ad­vo­cate, who raised his voice against cer­tain il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties in his home­town as his­tory-sheeter, the Madu­rai Bench of Madras High Court quashed the his­tory-sheet against the ad­vo­cate and said that the po­lice had abused their pow­ers.

Jus­tice N Anand Venkatesh, who passed the order, al­low­ing the pe­ti­tion filed by R Venkateswar, an ad­vo­cate from Per­avu­rani in Than­javur district seek­ing re­moval of his name from his­tory-sheet.

Lay­ing down the basic facts of the case, the Judge noted that the pe­ti­tioner had filed a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion to re­move en­croach­ments and flex boards in his home town and the same had been re­moved fol­low­ing Court order. He stated that this had cre­ated an an­i­mos­ity among the flex board own­ers and mer­chants of the town, who, with the help of the in­spec­tor in the area started fil­ing nu­mer­ous com­plaints against the ad­vo­cate, fol­low­ing which the in­spec­tor, who him­self seemed to have had a per­sonal dis­agree­ment with the pe­ti­tioner, had opened his­tory-sheet in his name on Septem­ber 4, 2018 in ac­cor­dance with Po­lice Stand­ing Or­ders (PSO) 747. How­ever, the Judge said that the PSO 747 did not ap­ply to the present case as it could be used only against per­sons who are ‘convicted’ for var­i­ous of­fences listed un­der it, as the pe­ti­tioner had not been convicted in any of the cases against him.

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