K.T. Sangameswaran

CHENNAI: The State Human Rights Commission has asked the Tamil Nadu government to pay Rs.50,000 as compensation in a human rights violation case five years ago.

The Commission Bench, comprising Members A.R. Selvakumar and S. Paramasivan, said that after payment, the government should recover Rs.40,000 from Chennaiyan, the then Sub-Inspector of Police (crime), and Rs.10,000 from Ranganathan, Inspector (in-charge), Vaniyambadi Taluk police station.

In her petition, Rukmaniammal of New Town, Vaniyambadi, submitted that she along with her sons, Raja, Kannabiran and Mohan, went to the court of the District Munsif-cum-Judicial Magistrate, Vaniyambadi, on February 20, 2003, in connection with a criminal case. When the magistrate was proceeding to his chamber, Mr. Mohan stood up and wished him with folded hands.Thinking that Mr. Mohan had done so in an “inebriated condition”, the judge got irritated, summoned the police and handed him over. Later, a prohibition case was foisted on him and he was remanded to judicial custody by the same judge.

The bail application was dismissed by the judge and also by the Sessions Judge, Vellore. He was granted bail by the High Court. Mr. Mohan was in jail for about 21 days. The case remained in the FIR stage.

The Superintendent of Police, Vellore district, sent a report to the rights body stating that the Sub-Inspector and Inspector were being dealt with departmentally for registering a false case. The magistrate, Vaniyambadi, was the cause for the episode, he said.

The Bench said from the scenario projected by the petitioner’s side, it concluded that the SI, in order to please the district munsif, had foisted a prohibition case. The Inspector shirked his responsibility in preventing such an unpleasant development. Their acts amounted to human rights violation.