Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Director-General of Police to depute a Deputy Inspector-General of Police to investigate the alleged illegal detention of a Dalit and his family for seven days in a case of murder registered by the Rajapalayam North Police in Virudhunagar district.

Disposing of a habeas corpus petition filed in the Madurai Bench, a Division Bench of Justice M. Chockalingam and Justice S. Palanivelu said the DIG could register a case and investigate the matter.

The Bench gave the directive after rejecting an inquiry report filed by a district judge who had held that the victims appeared to have been ill-treated by the police.

The petitioner, Muthammal of Rajapalayam, alleged that the police took her husband Rakappan and his relatives, including three women, on January 6 and detained them illegally in the station until January 13. She alleged that Rakappan sustained grievous injuries in the eye owing to brutal beating and sought an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation, besides monetary compensation.

“So far as the allegation of torture is concerned, the specific claim is that there was eyesore and his [Rakappan’s] eye got damaged. As seen from the materials available, the learned district judge has examined all the doctors who have examined him medically and has found that he was suffering from cataract. Further, no other injury was found on the body. All these go to show that the alleged torture and ill-treatment cannot be accepted,” the judges said.