HC directs issue of notice to TN govt, Police, CBI
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 20:43
Chennai: Madras High Court Tuesday pointed out that the National Human Rights Commission and police were seized of the killing of five persons in an alleged encounter here recently and directed issue of notice to the state government, police and CBI on a plea seeking a probe by the investigating agency.

When the petition by Advocate and Director of Prisoners Rights Forum P Pugalenthi, also praying for a direction to government to book policemen responsible for the killings, for murder came up,the court said the petitioner should go and participate in the probe by state police's crime branch-CID into the shooting down of the five young men on February 22.

The state Advocate-General A Navaneethakishnan said two of those killed had been identified and Rs 14 lakh recovered.

Directing the Registry to post the writ petition before them on March six, a Division Bench, comprising Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and N Kirubakaran, told the respondents to file their counter-affidavits by that day.

Meanwhile, six advocates and 23 other residents of Velachery, where the alleged encounter took place, today filed a plea to implead them in the petition by Pugalenthi.

Stating that Pugalenthi's plea 'is vexatious and malafide,' they claimed that it was premature as the matter was pending before the NHRC and CB-CID. The advocate had rushed to the court 'without having proper knowledge or information about the real facts,' they alleged.

They claimed that the "organised and dangerous group of criminals" had launched an attack on the policemen forcing them to retaliate, which resulted in the deaths in the encounter that ensued.

Tamil Nadu police had on February 25 transferred to the Crime Branch division of the CID, the alleged encounter case in which the five men suspected to be involved in two bank robberies were shot dead.


First Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 20:43

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