Staff Reporter

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."