Tamil Nadu

Registry directed to post petition before Division Bench

The Madras High Court on Thursday directed the Registry to post before a Division Bench, after getting Chief Justice’s orders, a petition seeking a direction to the CBI to conduct a “fair and proper investigation” into the police-lawyers clash on February 19 last year and praying the court to monitor all proceedings in the case.

In his order, Justice R.Regupathi said as investigation into the “unprecedented gory incident” was taken up following a suo motu writ petition by the High Court Full Bench and investigation was entrusted with the CBI subsequent to the orders passed by a Division Bench on October 29 last year, and the petitioner’s apprehensions, in the interest of justice, he deemed it absolutely necessary that the petition should be enquired by the Division Bench.

In its petition, the Tamil Nadu Advocates Association (TNAA) said the CBI had filed separate charge sheets against five police personnel in the rank of police constables. Several top officials were left out deliberately in the charge sheet. The charge sheets were `biased.’ The CBI, in its counter, submitted that during investigation, all material received and collected were thoroughly scrutinised and studied.

A free and fair investigation was conducted without any bias, it said. Further investigation against other police officers was continuing regarding their role, conduct and culpability. Copies of charge sheets filed before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, were personally handed over to the Registrar-cum-Private Secretary to the Chief Justice on January 13.

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