Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The mother of a victim in the attack on the Tamil daily Dinakaran in Madurai last year has moved the Principal Seat of the Madras High Court seeking permission to submit a complaint relating to the incident before any Metropolitan Magistrate court in Chennai.

Thilagavalli (50) of Paravai in Madurai submitted that her son G. Gopinath, who was an employee of the daily, and two others died in the incident on May 9, 2007. The Othakadai police had registered three cases. But, there was no proper investigation. The case was handed over to the CBI, which filed the charge sheet before the Chief Judicial Magistrate on August 6, 2007.

The petitioner said grave injustice had been caused by not impleading the main accused.

There were several eye-witnesses who were willing to speak about the incident. Following her representation, the Assistant Registrar-General, Supreme Court, asked her to approach the court concerned for appropriate relief. The Judicial Magistrate, Melur in Madurai district returned her complaint with the endorsement, “Petitioner not present. Hence the petition is returned.”

Threat alleged

Ms. Thilagavalli said she was unable to attend the court in view of a threat to her. Her life would be in peril if she went to the court at Melur.

She filed a petition before the Madurai Bench of the High Court in September this year.

The application was returned by the Registry, which asked her to state how the petition was maintainable.

She received several threats after she filed the petition.

The petition came up before Justice K. Mohan Ram. The court adjourned the matter to November 10.