Postmortem of Bennix and Jayaraj shows evidence to file murder charges against cops: Madras HC

The court also asked if it might be possible for the Inspector General of Police (IG) to continue investigations, before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) takes over the case. The court stressed that any delay in investigation could lead to the tampering of evidence.

Thothukudi: The postmortem reports of Jayaraj and Bennix, victims of Sathankulam police atrocity, were presented before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on June 30.

The judges observed grievous injuries mentioned in reports of duo’s bodies. Significantly, the court noted that there is prima facie evidence to file murder charges against the policemen involved.

The court also asked if it might be possible for the Inspector General of Police (IG) or Tirunelveli Crime Branch – Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) to continue investigations, before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) takes over the case so that the evidences don’t get tampered.

The court stressed that any delay in investigation could lead to the tampering of evidence. The court also directed the state government to file its response by 12 noon on Friday.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Thoothukudi, D Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Thoothukudi, C Prathapan, and three police officers involved in the Sathankulam incident appeared before the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court last Friday.

The court in its order on Monday said that constable Maharajan passed disparaging remarks against the Kovilpatti Magistrate when the latter had gone to the station to conduct his probe. The court had asked for a contempt petition to be filed against the three people for non-cooperation.

On Monday, the Tamil Nadu government transferred the investigation of the Sathankulam case to the CBI. The state police department has not transferred ADSP D Kumar and DSP Prathapan but has placed them in the wait list.

Constable Maharajan has been suspended from his post.

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