There were several injuries found on the bodies of the father-son duo, which can be taken as prima facie evidence for filing charges of murder against the cops in Tuticorin deaths case, said the Madras High Court.
The High Court has said that a prima-facie evidence to register an FIR against Sathankulam cops can be done based on the postmortem report of a father-son duo, alleged victims of police torture.
The High Court on Tuesday said that prima facie can be filed against the police as there were several injuries found on the bodies of the two men.
The HC bench said felt that there are grounds for registering a case against the police officials involved, on seeing the submitted post mortem reports of Jayaraj and Bennix before the court on Tuesday.
The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court also asked Tirunelveli Inspector General of Police if it might be possible for them to continue the probe or the CB-CID until the CBI takes over the investigation. The HC asked the Tamil Nadu government to file its reply by 12 noon.
Four weeks time has been given by the Madras High Court to the three police officers, who are facing contempt of court, to provide an explanation.
The HC registered contempt case against the three police men, when they were summoned on Monday. An Additional Superintendent, also was asked to appear before it for allegedly trying to prevent an inquiry by the Judicial Magistrate and directed their transfer by the government, besides registering contempt case against them.
D Kumar, ADSP, Tuticorin, C Prathapan, DSP and Maharajan,a constable attached with the Sathankulam Police Station were directed by the to appear before it on Tuesday.
P Jayaraj and his son Fennix, were arrested for ‘violating’ lockdown norms over business hours of their cellphone shop. They died at a hospital in Kovilpatti on June 23. The relatives of the deceased alleged that they were severely thrashed at the Sathankulam police station by police personnel earlier.
The incident had triggered a nation-wide furore, leading to the suspension of five policemen, including an inspector and two Sub-Inspectors.
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