TAMIL NADU

Idol Wing-CID opposes anticipatory bail to DSP

The Idol Wing Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has opposed the anticipatory bail petition moved by Deputy Superintendent of Police I. Kader Batcha who has been charged of armed robbery of three ancient idols in 2008 and has recently been placed under suspension.

In its reply to the advance bail petition filed before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, the Idol Wing CID said custodial interrogation of Batcha was necessary for further investigation into a special grave offence that was against “ageless and priceless cultural and historic heritage of Tamil Nadu”.

Besides, being a high-ranking police officer, he could tamper with the eye witnesses of the armed robbery, the prosecution said.

Batcha, the then Inspector in the Idol Wing CID, has been charged, along with his subordinate, Subburaj and an unidentified police personnel of having robbed at gunpoint three idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy and Goddess Sivakami from three persons at Aruppukottai on May 2008.

The victims, Sundaramoorthy, Swamidoss and Gnana Anbu, were beaten up and tortured at the Travellers Bungalow, the prosecution said.

Batcha is accused of having sold for Rs. 15 lakh the two idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy to a kingpin, Deenadayal, using force.

All the four eye witnesses have identified Batcha (and Subburaj, who has been arrested and remanded) as the accused in the crime. Besides, custodial interrogation was required to find out the whereabouts of the third idol of Sivakami Amman.

Discrediting Batcha’s claim of his exemplary service as Inspector of Idol Wing, the prosecution said that he was not involved in any detection of smuggled idols and was never part of arrest of any of the smugglers during his four-year stint.

“Bad antecedents of the petitioner had delayed his promotion to the present post and he was never posted to any sensitive assignments,” the prosecution said. There was no ill-feeling or animosity against him by the officials, who conducted the enquiry, as claimed by Batcha, as they have not worked with him earlier.