HC adjourns hearing in bomb explosion case till Monday

The State government on Monday did not question the genuineness of two letters supposedly written by former Madurai Superintendent of Police V. Balakrishnan on March 29 and August 23 last year to the Director General of Police accusing a section of police personnel, involved in gathering intelligence regarding fundamentalist activities, of aiding their informers in illegal acts.

The letters were submitted before the Madras High Court Bench here on April 10 by a group of lawyers who had filed a case seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into two explosions reported at Nelpettai here on November 20, 2013, and March 14 this year. The lawyers had accused the police personnel of planting the bombs and shifting the blame on innocent individuals.

When the case came up for hearing on Monday before Justice R. Subbiah, Additional Advocate General K. Chellapandian contended that the letters purportedly written by the former SP related to detection of explosive devices atop Tirupparankundram hills here on November 1, 2012, and not the Nelpettai explosions which were being probed by Vilakuthoon police in the city.

“The Nelpettai explosions are investigated by the local police and the petitioner has not alleged any kind of mala fide in the ongoing investigations. Therefore, there is no need for ordering a CBI enquiry,” the AAG said.

On the other hand, the petitioner’s counsel, W. Peter Ramesh Kumar, contended that the SP’s letters were produced in the court to prove the rot that had set in the police department.

He also pointed out that apart from the main plea for a CBI enquiry, the petitioner had sought subjecting the police officials involved in the issue to lie detector, narco-analysis and brain mapping tests.

Then, a counsel appearing for Police Inspector Madasamy said that his client had no objection to subjecting him to any kind of tests to cull out the truth in the issue.

Later, the judge posted the case to Monday for further hearing.

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