Trial in Dalit youth murder case stayed

The Madras High Court on Friday stayed the trial in connection with the murder of a Dalit youth four years ago in Tiruchi in which a local DMK functionary is the main accused.

Madurai: The Madras High Court on Friday
stayed the trial in connection with the murder of a Dalit
youth four years ago in Tiruchi in which a local DMK
functionary is the main accused.

Justice R Mala admitting a PIL filed by advocate G
Akila Rajan ordered issue of notice to the State Home
Secretary, ADGP Crime Branch CID, DSP CB-CID, and M
Palaniyandi, DMK secretary at Manikandam in Tiruchirappalli.

Rajan alleged that the main accused, who was close to
former minister KN Nehru, got bail on the ninth day of the
murder of Purushothaman at Somarasampettai on July 29, 2007.

DSP Anbunesan, who investigated the case facilitated
the release on bail by creating false statements of the wife
of Purushothaman, the complainant, and other witnesses, Rajan
alleged.

Even after the case was transferred to the CB-CID on
the orders of the Madras High court, the omissions and
commissions made in the investigation by Anbunesan continued,
the petitioner charged.

Rajan said the bail was cancelled following the
intervention of the high court and the trial was on in the
Tiruchi district and sessions court.

The petitioner alleged that during the previous DMK
regime political intervention was rampant in police
functioning. "There was no progress in the criminal case in
the last four years due to vested interests. Now with change
of political climate and government could bring progress."

He pleaded that the court should direct the Home
Secretary and ADGP to hand over the investigation to a
competent police officer it and stay the trial.

PTI

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