TAMIL NADU

Industrialist and his son released on bail

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: A city-based automobile car dealer, R. Kanagasabai, and his son, K. Suresh, who were arrested by the West Bengal police here on Friday were brought back late Friday night and produced before a Judicial Magistrate who released them on bail.

According to police sources, Mr. Kanagasabai and his son were taken into custody from their Chockikulam residence by the West Bengal police in connection with a complaint lodged by a car manufacturing company. Without an arrest warrant, the police, accompanied by some private persons, entered the house in the wee hours and took custody of the duo. Even as the family members objected, they "abused" them and sped away in two private cars.

The vehicles were intercepted at Villupuram by the Tamil Nadu police and brought back. The arrest was made in "violation" of the Supreme Court guidelines and without local witnesses, the police said. Moreover, the accused were not produced in a local court, which was mandatory for obtaining transit remand order. A case was registered against one Parekh, representative of the car manufacturing company, and two others.

CoP directive

The Commissioner of Police, Narinder Pal Singh, has directed all subordinate police officials to verify the genuineness of claims/records of other State police personnel when they seek arrest of local persons. "Even if an offence is made out, the arrest procedures as laid down by the Supreme Court should be followed. In this case, the West Bengal police flouted all norms and apprehended the accused. We have given directions to ensure that there is no violation of rules by the police, either local or from other States, while arresting suspects," Mr. Singh told The Hindu .

The West Bengal police were suitably warned and allowed to go back, police added.