The Madras High Court bench here has ordered re-postmortem of a youth, whose mother had moved the court claiming that her son was ‘murdered’ while in police custody.

On Tuesday, Justice C.T. Selvam directed the Virudhunagar Superintendent of Police to supervise the exhuming of the body and facilitate the re-postmortem.

According to M. Periyamangi of Anaiyur, her son Pandiyarajan alias Rasukutti, a van driver of a private school in Madurai, had eloped with a XII standard student on November 13, 2013. The girl’s father had lodged a complaint with the Koodal Pudur police, following which Rasukutti and the girl had surrendered before the Kariapatti police in Virudhunagar district on November 16, 2013, she had claimed.

The Kariapatti police handed over the girl to the Koodal Pudur inspector, but detained Rasukutti, beat him and then took him to an abandoned house 500 metres away from the police station at the behest of the girl’s father, she had alleged.

Later in the evening, the police told the petitioner and her family that Rasukutti had committed suicide in the abandoned house, Mrs. Periyamangi had submitted. In her petition, she had alleged that her son was murdered while in police custody.

She had filed a complaint to the Kariapatti police suspecting foul play in her son’s death, but the police did not take any action, she had claimed.

Therefore, she moved the court seeking transfer of investigation to some other investigating agency.

Justice Selvam directed the police to utilise the service of K. Thangaraj, Head of the Department of Forensic Science Medicine, SRM Hospital and Research Centre, Kattankulathur, to conduct the postmortem in the presence of a government doctor.