HC orders CBI probe into custodial death of Siddha doctor

Madras HC ordered CBI inquiry into the death of a Dalit Siddha, the doctor who died allegedly due to torture, after he was taken into police custody.

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 00:39 AM IST

Madurai: Madras High Court Bench here on Tuesday
ordered a CBI inquiry into the death of a Dalit Siddha, the
doctor who died allegedly due to torture, after he was taken
into police custody in a case of mistaken identity in
Kanyakumari District in August 2008.

A Division Bench comprising Justice K N Basha and Justice
Aruna Jagadeesan, passing orders on a petition by the victim`s
brother, directed the Inspector of the Vadasery police here to
hand over all documents relating to the case to the CBI.

Petitioner L Raj submitted a team of Police officials,
including DSP Chanderpaul and two Sub-inspectors, had taken
into custody his brother Duraisingam on August 26, 2008,
thinking that he was one Murugan, a notorious criminal.

While police had maintained that Duraisingam was found in
an unconscious state in Vadasery and they hospitalised him
where he died on August 27, 2008, the petitioner said there
were witnesses to prove the victim was tortured at the Police
Station.

A second-post mortem, conducted on the orders of the high
court, revealed his brother died due to torture. An inquiry
was held by Revenue Divisional Officer but under pressure it
was concluded that the death was natural, he contended.

The Petitioner also alleged that the DSP was known for
using third degree methods during interrogation and was now
trying for a compromise. He was threatening the petitioner to
withdraw the case.

He claimed he was having prima facie case to show that
efforts were made to protect the DSP and other officials
involved in the "torture" of Duraisingam. Though he made
several representations, no action had been taken.

PTI