TN Custodial Deaths | Enough evidence of assault on bodies of Jayaraj and Bennix to charge cops with murder: Madras HC
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Madras High Court on Tuesday observed that there is enough evidence to charge the policemen with murder for the death of a father-son duo, alleged victims of police torture. "There is prima facie evidence of having case registered against police officers who assaulted the father-son duo," the court said.
Based on the post-mortem reports of the deceased father and son, the court said that there was enough evidence of assault on the bodies of Jayaraj and his son Bennix.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government informed the court that the accused policemen were hostile with the inquiring magistrate because of the "immense pressure on them". The court said that it was shocking to see how the inquiring judicial magistrate was treated by police officers in Sathankulam police station.
The court had on Monday directed deputing revenue officers to the Sathankulam Police station to preserve "clue materials" seized following the death of the two, after the Principal district judge submitted policemen there were not cooperating with the Judicial Magistrate on conducting the enquiry under Cr.PC.
It summoned three policemen, including an Additional Superintendent, to appear before it for allegedly trying to prevent an enquiry by the Judicial Magistrate and directed their transfer by the government, besides registering contempt case against them.
The court also asked if the CBI could could take over the investigation immediately. It gave the Tamil nadu government time till afternoon to respond.
On Monday, the Additional Advocate General submitted that the state government intended to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation after getting the court's formal nod, which has taken up the matter.
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.
Meanwhile, all the existing police personnel attached to Sathankulam station have been transferred out.
A total of 29 persons, including two sub-inspectors have been posted to the station, police said.
An inspector had been already transferred, replacing the incumbent, who has been placed under suspension.
Meanwhile, reports in a section of media claimed that CCTV images showed the father-son duo purportedly not
resisting arrest earlier as made out by the police.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta