Handcuffing of prisoners: Madras HC cautions police
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 00:27
Chennai: Madras High Court today cautioned Tamil Nadu Police that violation of Supreme Court's order on handcuffing can invite contempt of court proceedings.

It is unfortunate that even 14 years after the apex court's judgement, the SP of Coimbatore Central Prison had not been apprised of the order, Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar said, allowing a petition filed by M Elango, an employee working as a clerk in an oil store run by one Ahmed Ali at Bhavani.

The judge directed authorities concerned to scrupulously follow Supreme Court's ruling on handcuffing of prisoners.

Elango sought to restrain police from handcuffing and putting chains on Ali, detained under Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, while being produced before the Advisory Board, here.

Vasanthakumar noted that the Prison Superintendent had not been apprised of the order either by state Home Department or by the police department.

He said he was of the view that the Supreme Court's judgment and a high court order on the subject should be communicated to the home secretary and the DGP, who in turn, should inform superintendents of all central prisons and police officials to strictly comply with the order.

The judge said that 14 years ago, the Supreme Court in its order on the rights of detenues, undertrial prisoners and convicts had held police could resort to handcuffing or chaining only in certain circumstances, that too, after getting orders from the judicial magistrate concerned.


First Published: Saturday, March 13, 2010, 00:27

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