He was supposedly killed by his estranged wife using a bat

A writ petition has been filed at the Madras High Court Bench here seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe in to the death of an individual who was supposedly killed by his estranged wife in self defence by assaulting him with a cricket bat when he allegedly hit her and attempted to rape their daughter at her house within Oomachikulam police station limits on February 9.

S. Samayamuthu (67), father of the deceased Veeranan alias S. Jothibasu, had filed the petition claiming that the police had erroneously released Usha Rani by giving the benefit of Section 100 (right of private defence) of the Indian Penal Code though the circumstances leading to the death clearly revealed that it was a premeditated murder committed by a group and not one individual.

The petitioner also pointed out that this was not the first time that his son was assaulted by Usha Rani.

An attempt to murder case was registered against her as early as on January 12, 2006 by the Avaniyapuram police station near here.

Then, the police had even filed a charge sheet in the case.

However, the petitioner's son decided not to pursue the case.

A petition filed by Usha Rani in 2005 seeking divorce from the petitioner's son was pending before a Family Court when the attempt to murder case was registered against her.

Ultimately, the court allowed the petition and dissolved their marriage on October 8, 2007.

Nevertheless, Jothibasu rejoined the family and continued to live with his wife and children even after the divorce decree, the petitioner said.

Stating that there were multiple injuries on the body of the deceased and blood was splattered all over the house, the petitioner said that the murder could not have been committed by a single woman armed with a cricket bat.

He also claimed that his son's wrist watch, gold ring and mobile phone were missing and the police had not taken any steps to trace them out.