Petitioner was threatened and forced to put his signature on blank papers

The Madras High Court Bench here has ordered notice to the Kanyakumari police seeking a report on a writ filed alleging police excesses.

Petitioner O. Homerlal, an RTI activist, said in his petition that he had registered a case against P. Sri Hari, the head constable in the office of the additional superintendent of police, after he furnished false information to a query filed under the RTI Act.

The petitioner filed a complaint to the higher officials against the policeman, his counsel Herald Singh said. Mr Homerlal also sought information from the Thuckalay police to pursue a case that was allegedly ‘manipulated’ by the police, he contended.

On October 20, 2012, a policeman in plainclothes from the Thuckalay police station personally issued a summons to the petitioner to report to the station.

When the petitioner complied with the summons, the inspector of police at the station, Paramasivam abused him with ‘unparliamentary’ words and expressed his anger over the petitioner’s complaints to the higher authorities, the petitioner claimed.

The petitioner was threatened and forced to put his signature on blank papers, the counsel claimed. The police also threatened to kill the petitioner in an ‘encounter’, he contended.

Subsequently, the police booked him in a criminal case and there is a threat to the petitioner’s life, Mr Herald Singh said.

The petitioner gave a complaint to the superintendent of police in Kanyakumari on October 29, 2012. However, no action has been initiated yet, he claimed.

The petitioner received several threats from the Thuckalay police even after he gave a complaint to the SP, he further said.

Thereafter, he submitted a complaint to the Revenue Divisional Officer (RDO) on January 7, 2013 seeking action against the police.

But no action has been taken on his complaint.

Therefore, he moved the court seeking directions to the RDO to initiate action against the Thuckalay police. Justice K.K. Sasidharan instructed the Kanyakumari police to file a report and adjourned the case to June 10.

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