District Sessions Judge K.P. Jyothindranath visited the Viyyur Central Jail on Thursday.
The judge recorded statements of the convicts in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case following a complaint that they had been tortured by jail officials. The relatives of the convicts had filed a complaint at the district court alleging torture of the nine convicts in the jail. In the petition, the kin had sought the intervention of the judge.
Accompanied by his gunman, the judge reached the jail around 8 a.m. even before the jail superintendent and other senior officials reached the jail.
Instead of calling the inmates to the jail superintendent’s room, the judge himself visited the cells.
He first visited the Nigerian inmates at the prison and later visited the convicts in the T.P. Chandrasekharan murder case.
The judge left the jail by 9.30 a.m.
State Human Rights Commission member R. Natarajan also visited the jail and recorded the complaints of the convicts in the Chandrasekharan murder case.
After the visit of rights panel member, relatives of the convicts called off the three-day fast in front of the jail in protest against alleged torture of the convicts. Mr. Natarajan visited the jail by 12 noon.
He also spoke to the convicts and took their statements. The jail superintendent was directed to be present at a sitting of the rights commission on February 17. He also called on the relatives of the convicts.