Tuticorin: The Madras High Court on Tuesday ordered the transfer of the investigation CB-CID in the case of the father-son death due to alleged torture of police in Tuticorin. The court feared that the evidence might be missing by the time the CBI takes over the investigation.
Investigation officer appointed to DSP of CB-CID
The judges appointed CB-CID DSP Anil Kumar as the investigating officer and directed him to start the investigation immediately, saying that vigilance time is needed in the investigation in the case of physical violence. A division bench of Justice PN Prakash and Justice B Pugalendhi said that they are committed to ensuring that the most important evidence does not end at this time.
The bench said, “If we do not take action now, it will be too late.” The Center should give consent for a CBI inquiry. Apart from this, the CBI has no office in Tuticorin and even if an investigating officer of the CBI is appointed, it will take time to initiate an investigation in the local environment. The state government on Monday transferred the investigation of the case to the Central Investigation Agency.
DSP should start investigation without any formal order- High Court
The court said that Anil Kumar should take over the charge and start an investigation without waiting for any formal order of the DGP in Chennai. The investigation will be supervised by the SP of CB-CID, Tirunelveli. The judges say that the immediate transfer of the case to CB-CID was done so that the public’s trust is not lost.
The bench sought opinion from the state government on the interim arrangement, but transferred the case to CB-CID. The bench said that the post-mortem report (preliminary) and the judicial magistrate’s report contained prima facie material for registering a case of murder in this case. The investigation of the case should not be delayed by even a second and the CB-CID was instructed to investigate immediately.
Meanwhile, three policemen, including the Additional Superintendent of Police, appeared in the court. The court asked him to appear in the court for allegedly stopping the investigation conducted by the judicial magistrate. It is alleged that one of them constables made some ‘derogatory’ remarks.
ADSP D Kumar of Tuticorin, DSP C Pratapan and Maharajan, a constable associated with the Satanakulam police station, appeared in the court. The constable told the court that he was under great pressure and had mistakenly made a comment against the judicial magistrate.
P Jayaraj and his son Phenix were arrested for ‘violating’ lockdown rules by opening their mobile phone shop after the deadline. He died on 23 June in a hospital in Kovilpatti. His relatives alleged that policemen beat him up badly at the Satanakulam police station.
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