The Madras High Court Bench here on Friday ordered notice to the State government and the Tuticorin Collector in a writ petition filed by a Dalit activist seeking Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the death of a Civil Supplies Department official in Tuticorin on September 11.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice P. Jyothimani and Justice S. Nagamuthu, also directed petitioner's counsel P. Rathinam to serve all documents related to the case on CBI counsel and adjourned the matter to Wednesday.

The petitioner, S. Ramar, said M. Murugan was an upright official who had exposed many illegalities in the department.

Hence, there was every possibility that he was murdered by anti-social elements.

However, the district administration as well as police officers were bent on proving it to be a case of suicide, he alleged and said that the officials had gone to the extent of arresting his wife who was on dharna for 12 days demanding justice, and buried the body without her consent.