Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Not satisfied with an enquiry report filed by the Chief Judicial Magistrate, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Principal District Judge to conduct a fresh enquiry into the alleged clash between a few fundamentalists and other inmates of the Central Prison here on November 17.

After perusing the report, a Division Bench comprising Justice M. Chockalingam and Justice G. Rajasuria said the CJM had not "understood the tenor and purport" of the direction given by them to conduct the enquiry. Hence, they directed the District Judge to file a detailed report within four weeks after ascertaining the views of the victims as well as the jail authorities.

During arguments, the Additional Public Prosecutor told the Judges that the CJM had only recorded the statement of the prisoners and failed to enquire the jail officials. The Bench had ordered the CJM enquiry on February 13 while hearing a habeas corpus petition moved by the mother of a prisoner.

According to petitioner, M. Nabeez Beevi of Madurai, her son, M. Mohammed Ali alias Pandu Ali, was detained in a criminal case. He told her that there was a minor skirmish between the inmates on November 17.

In the process, a few jailors "colluded with a life convict, K. Nithyanandam, and brutally attacked her son and his friends."

The injured were denied medical treatment.

Some of them were kept under solitary confinement until being transferred to various other prisons in the State, she alleged and sought adequate compensation to the victims.

However, the jail officials denied the allegations and claimed that the inmates were creating terror in the prison.