SC gives last chance to state govt on activists` plea

The Supreme Court Friday gave the last opportunity to Tamil Nadu government and its police to spell out their stands on a plea of two human rights activists alleging harassment for taking up a case of human rights violation.

Last Updated: Feb 18, 2011, 19:18 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday gave the
last opportunity to Tamil Nadu government and its police to
spell out their stands on a plea of two human rights activists
alleging harassment for taking up a case of human rights
violation.

"It is made clear that no further time shall be granted
for filing counter affidavit," a Bench comprising Justices B
Sudershan Reddy and S S Nijjar said while posting the matter
for hearing on February 25.

The court had issued to notice to Tamil Nadu 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.

In a petition to the court, the two activists alleged
they were booked in false charges of cheating and forgery by
Tamil Nadu police for taking up with the rights panels an
incident involving a brutal attack on three students of
Chennai-based Dr Ambedkar Law College.

The petitioners 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.

PTI