New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Tamil Nadu Government to spell out the steps taken by it
against policemen who remained a mute spectator during a clash
between two group of students at the Chennai-based Dr Ambedkar
Law College in 2008.
The apex court also asked the state government to
inform it about the action taken by it against the erring
students and whether anyone has been arrested in connection
with the violence.
A bench comprising justices B Sudershan Reddy and SS
Nijjar asked the Tamil Nadu government to file a report
specifying whether any departmental action has been taken
against the cops on the basis of the recommendation of report
of the inquiry committee headed by a retired high court judge
set up after the incident.
The bench sought the response within two weeks and
posted the matter for March 11.
The court was hearing a petition filed by two human
rights activists -- K Saravanan and S Prabhavathi -- alleging
harassment by the state government and its police for taking
up the cause of human rights violation in the incident.
The two activists alleged they were booked in false
charges of cheating and forgery by the Tamil Nadu police for
taking up with the rights panels the incident.
The state government, in its counter-affidavit,
informed the Supreme Court that disciplinary action has been
recommended against the delinquent police officials who
remained a mute spectator even as the mediapersons witnessing
incident asked them to take action.
In reply to the state`s counter affidavit, the right
activists submitted before the court that mere disciplinary
proceedings against the delinquent police officials will not
They, through their advocate Prashant Bhushan, also
told the court that the Tamil Nadu government and the state
police have deliberately chosen not to file the copy of the
report about the action taken against the police officials and
the students who had beaten up three students, who had come to
the college to appear in an examination.
The court had issued notice to the state government
on the petition filed by rights activists K Saravanan and S
Prabhavathi on December 13 last.
It had sought a response from the National Human Right
Commission and Tamil Nadu`s State Human Right Commission for
allegedly not taking adequate action on their complaints.
The petitioners had said the three students, who had
come to the college to appear in an examination, were attacked
by an armed gang of over two dozen `students-cum-miscreants`,
supported by the state`s ruling party, in the college premises
right in front of over 40 policemen and officials who did
nothing to rescue them and remained mute spectators.