Collector and SP directed to enquire into "illegal" seizure of lorry "The petitioner moved the Bench alleging that SI, acting on instructions of the RDO, seized the vehicle on April 7 without assigning any reason"
MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Tirunelveli Collector and Superintendent of Police to enquire into the alleged "illegal" seizure of a lorry by the Cheranmahadevi Revenue Divisional Officer and Thisaiyanvilai sub-inspector of police.
Disposing of a writ petition moved by the vehicle owner, Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla also directed that suitable action should be taken against the officials if a prima facie case was made out against them in the preliminary enquiry.
The Judge pointed out that the petitioner had moved the Bench on April 25 alleging that the Sub-Inspector, acting under instructions of the RDO, seized the vehicle on April 7 without assigning any reason or issuing a seizure certificate.
After taking several adjournments, the Government advocate on Wednesday stated that the vehicle was found abandoned on the roadside and hence the sub-inspector took it under his custody on a complaint preferred by the RDO.
Refusing to accept the contention of the Government advocate, Mr. Justice Kalifulla said, "The present story of third respondent (sub-inspector) that the seizure came to be effected based on a complaint by the second respondent, apparently appears to be an afterthought and it seems to have been made for the purpose of meeting the allegation of the petitioner."