TAMIL NADU

Supreme Court rejects plea for CBI probe into encounter death

J. Venkatesan

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has dismissed, at the admission stage, a writ petition filed by the mother of `Muttai' Ravi alias Ravichandran, seeking a CBI probe into the alleged fake encounter death of her son at the hands of the Tamil Nadu Police.

A Bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice D.K. Jain, after hearing counsel B. Raghunath, dismissed the petition, observing, "No merits." Chellammal said the police had implicated Ravi in several cases from 1998. They harassed the family members, who were driven out of Tiruchi town, and prevented them from carrying on lawful business. Several representations were made to the National Human Rights Commission and other forums about the police atrocities, but no action was taken.

Sequence of events

She said on October 20, 2006, when Ravi was taken to the court of Judicial Magistrate II, he had told the judge that he feared that the police would kill him if he were remanded to their custody. Police custody was granted and, the next day, Ravi was killed in an encounter. She said the "story" put out by the police was that Ravi escaped from custody and, when intercepted at Samayapuram, 25 km from Tiruchi, he assaulted police personnel, injuring them. The police opened fire in self-defence killing him.

She alleged that the police version was unbelievable. It was not known why the police had sought the custody of Ravi in a case registered in 2005. She alleged it was a pre-planned murder. Despite her representations to the Chief Minister for a probe, nothing was done.

She said it was a classic example of the atrocities committed by the Tamil Nadu Police. Only a CBI probe would bring out the truth.

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