High Court says it has lost faith in city police
Orders CB-CID inquiry into case
Observing that it has lost faith in the Chennai city police, the Madras High Court has ordered a Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) inquiry into a complaint lodged in connection with alleged offences committed under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989.
Justice P. Velmurugan passed the order on a petition filed by the complainant, A.B. Karl Marx Siddharthar of Perambur. Though the complaint was lodged way back in 2016, the judge said the investigation had not been completed so far and no final report had been filed by the city police before the jurisdictional court.
“The recital of the complaint reveals that allegations are also made out for the offences under the SC/ST Act. However, the FIR has been registered only for the offences punishable under Sections 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code,” the judge said.
After lodging the complaint against three named Caste Hindus with whom he had a dispute over encroachment of a pathway, the petitioner was allegedly assaulted by a group of policemen when he was filming one of the Caste Hindus abusing a Dalit woman in the locality on January 14, 2016.
Though he lodged a private complaint against the policemen, the Principal District and Sessions Judge here rejected the plea and hence the present petition.
Justice Velmurugan ordered that the CB-CID should probe into all allegations including those under the SC/ST Act and file a chargesheet before the court concerned within six months.
Courtesy: The Hindu