Many injuries on bodies of father-son, evidence to register FIR against cops, says HC
The Madras High Court has said that based on the postmortem report of a father-son duo, alleged victims of police torture, there is prima-facie evidence to register an FIR against Sathankulam cops.
The High Court on Tuesday said that there were several injuries found on the bodies of the two men and that can be taken as prima facie for filing charges.
The post mortem reports of of Jayaraj and Bennix were submitted before the court on Tuesday, following which the HC bench said that there are grounds for registering a case against the police officials involved.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court also asked Tirunelveli Inspector General of Police if it might be possible for them to continue the probe or the CB-CID until the CBI takes over the investigation. The HC asked the Tamil Nadu government to file its reply by 12 noon.
The three police officers, who are facing contempt of court, have been given four weeks by the Madras High Court to provide an explanation.
The HC had on Monday summoned the three policemen, including an Additional Superintendent, to appear before it for allegedly trying to prevent an inquiry by the Judicial Magistrate and directed their transfer by the government, besides registering contempt case against them.
The HC had directed D Kumar, ADSP, Tuticorin, C Prathapan, DSP and Maharajan,a constable attached with the Sathankulam Police Station to appear before it on Tuesday.
The court had directed the Tamil Nadu government to transfer the three out of their present postings.
P Jayaraj and his son Fennix, arrested for 'violating' lockdown norms over business hours of their cellphone shop, died at a hospital in Kovilpatti on June 23, with the relatives alleging that they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel earlier.
The incident had triggered a nation-wide furore, leading to the suspension of five policemen, including an inspector and two Sub-Inspectors.