CBI probe into Sathankulam deaths proceeding in right direction, says HC

CBI probe into Sathankulam deaths proceeding in right direction, says HC
TNN | Updated: Aug 18, 2020, 11:30 IST

MADURAI: Observing that the CBI investigation into the custodial deaths of P Jeyaraj and his son J Beniks, was proceeding in the right track, the Madras high court on Monday directed the investigating agency to file another status report. in a sealed cover.

The court was hearing the suo motu public interest litigation initiated following the custodial deaths of the father-son duo at Sathankulam in Tuticorin district. Pursuant to an earlier direction of the court, the CBI had submitted a status report with regard to the progress of investigation.
A division bench of justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam said that the CBI, which had taken over the investigation had examined many witnesses and collected evidence in the case. The judges said the status report also discloses that CBI would require time for the scientific analysis of the evidence.
The judges further said that as per the report, many CBI members were affected with Covid-19 and have resumed the investigation after recovery. Taking cognizance of the report, the judges directed the CBI to file another status report.
The judges also directed the CB-CID officials to submit a status report on the progress of investigation into the custodial torture of S Raja Singh by the Sathankulam policemen, after the additional advocate general (AAG) K Chellapandian informed that the case pertaining to it was transferred to the CB-CID.

As per June 26 order, the AAG submitted that a high-level committee comprising DGP, law secretary, home secretary and other stakeholders would meet soon and come up with comprehensive guidelines for the procedure that should be followed during the arrest. The judges also directed the DGP to file a report in this regard.
Meanwhile, three police personnel – former additional superintendent of police D Kumar, former deputy superintendent of police C Prathapan and constable Maharajan, submitted their reports on Monday, pursuant to an earlier direction on the suo motu criminal contempt proceedings initiated them based on a report sent by the Kovilpatti judicial magistrate. Taking cognizance of the report, the judges said that the appearance of the contemnors are dispensed with for now and they shall appear before the court as and when required.
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