HC tells police to probe the complaint and file a report

The Madras High Court bench here has directed the Tallakulam police to register an FIR against Pattali Makkal Katchi founder S. Ramadoss, if any cognizable offence is made out against him.

Petitioner L. Meiyappan, a member of ‘Tamil Puligal Organisation’, filed the writ alleging that Mr Ramadoss made ‘defamatory remarks’ against Dalit youth, during a public speech in Madurai last year.

“Mr Ramadoss, in his speech, claimed that Dalit youth married his community (caste Hindu) girls only to make money. The speech of Mr Ramadoss created an impression among the public that Dalit youth lured young girls into marriage for money”, the petitioner said.

The speech caused him mental stress and agony, he claimed. “Mr Ramadoss is a caste fanatic, who promotes enmity between two communities”, Mr Meiyappan contended while seeking directions to the Tallakulam police to register a case against Mr Ramadoss.

He gave a complaint to the inspector of police (law and order), Tallakulam, on December 20, 2012, but the police did not register an FIR, he claimed.

Therefore, he sent a representation to the commissioner of police, Madurai city, on January 8, 2013. However, no action was taken in the matter, he further claimed.

In his judgment, Justice M. Sathyanarayanan directed the inspector of Tallakulam police station to look into the complaint and register an FIR if any cognizable offence is made out. “The inspector is duty bound to register an FIR, carry out the investigation in accordance with law and file a final report.”

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