The Madras High Court bench here on Thursday directed the inspector of Peraiyur police station to submit a counter affidavit to a petition filed by a schoolteacher seeking the transfer of a probe into the death of his wife from the local police to any other investigating agency.

The petitioner, R. Suresh alias Karuppaiah, claimed in his petition that his wife Rani was a head-constable attached to the Tirumangalam division.

According to the petitioner, his wife was involved with the deputy superintendent of Peraiyur division, Ravichandran, because of which the couple separated.

Ravichandran was formerly the deputy superintendent of the Tirumangalam division.

On September 2, 2013 Rani committed suicide after killing her three-year-old-daughter on finding out that Ravichandran had an affair with another woman, the petitioner claimed.

But the police booked the petitioner under the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Women Harassment Act in a bid to deflect attention from the role of the deputy superintendent of police, Mr. Suresh added.

Therefore, he filed the petition contending that the investigation should be transferred to another investigating agency “in the interest of justice”.

Justice A. Selvam adjourned the case to November 18.

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