Sabarimala Special Commissioner asked to file another report
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Monday directed the Sabarimala Special Commissioner Rajendran Nair to file another report on the Pullumedu tragedy that claimed the lives of 102 Sabarimala pilgrims.
The direction was issued by a division bench comprising justices Thothathil B Radhakrishnan and PS Gopinath after it went through the reports of the Kerala DGP Jacob Punnose, Travancore Devaswom Board and the Forest Department.
The Commissioner had earlier filed a report directly to the court. The bench also directed the forest department to file a further affidavit on the tragedy.
The Forest Department has been asked to file the affidavit with specific reference to the statements contained in the report of DGP Jacob Punnose.
The case has been posted to February 11.The High Court had observed on January 20 that there was a lack of coordination between various departments, causing the stampede in which the 102 pilgrims were killed.
The bench made the observation after three separate reports by Punnose, TDB commissioner N Vasu and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests TM Manoharan came up before it.
The reports were filed in compliance with the deadline by the court which had on January 17 pulled up the state government over neglecting its earlier warnings over safety.