Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Thursday ordered a police enquiry to identify the sender of a telegram, booked using the official telephone of the Government Pleaders’ office on the court premises on August 18, citing a fictitious High Court order.

Justice K. Chandru directed the Registrar (Judicial) to hand over the documents pertaining to the case along with a covering letter to the Police Commissioner here. In turn, the Commissioner was asked to depute an officer, not below the rank of a Deputy Commissioner, to register a criminal case and investigate the matter.

The investigation must take place in all earnestness and periodical reports should be submitted to the court through the Registrar (Judicial) once in 15 days. Besides, the court should be informed about the progress made in the investigation at every stage. The matter was entrusted with the police because there was no satisfactory progress in the internal enquiry ordered by the Government Pleader’s office but for suspending two junior assistants.

Mr. Justice Chandru said: “It is a serious matter involving the High Court Bench where certain interested persons have misused the facilities available in the office of the Government Pleader… and virtually granted an interim order when no such direction was made by this court.”

The matter relates to a writ petition filed by M. Prabhakaran, a sand dealer of Thottiyam in Tiruchi district. He had sought an interim direction to restrain the Musiri Revenue Divisional Officer from selling 14,700 units of sand seized from the petitioner’s stockyard. However, the Judge refused to grant interim orders but for ordering notice to the officials concerned. But, on the same day, the RDO received a telegram from the Government Pleader’s office stating that the court had granted an interim stay.

Subsequently, on enquiry, the Judge ascertained from the Central Telegraph Office that the telegram was booked using the official telephone of the Government Pleader’s office.