Madras High Court monitored CB-CID probe into the Sathankulam father-son custodial death is on but lack of clarity prevails as to whether the bench led by Justice PN Prakash which took suo motu cognisance of the issue would continue to hear the case or the bench comprising Justices M Sathynarayanan and P Rajamanickam who have come in place of it would start hearing it from July 6.
Social media buzz with posts the immediate shift of Judge post the meeting of ADMK CM Palanisamy with Tamilnadu Governor Purohit Banwarilal . It Should be noted Palanisamy totally endorsed views of Sathankulam Police station and stated in Public that Father son deaths were due to Breathing trouble and fever created furore and smelling foul DMK women Wing leader and MP Kanimozhi has retorted how can before post mortem CM who holds Police department can issue such statement
Legal exeperts say “Following the portfolio change, Justice Prakash will sit alone at the principal seat hearing criminal appeals including those relating to crime against women and children while Justice B Pugalendhi sitting single at the Madurai bench will hear similar such criminal appeals.
Advocates point out that when it comes to protocol relating to suo motu cases, the division bench which takes such cognisance should inform the Chief Justice through a letter explaining the same.
It’s for him to either allow the same bench or constitute a special bench to hear the case.
In the present instance, since Justice Prakash and Justice Pugalendhi continued to hear the case after taking suo motu cognisance, its understood that Chief Justice AP Sahi had given the nod.
Hence, the bench which dealt with the suo motu case ought to hear it until the end. Moreover, with hearing transpiring via video conferencing, the presence of the said judges in two places should not be a deterrent, feel many.
However, with Justice Prakash clearly indicating in his first order in the case that the investigation would be monitored by the court, that process is bound to continue irrespective of the portfolio change until the charge sheet is filed in the case.
Meanwhile in a the related development with respect of Friends of Police – Seva Bharati link in Sattankulam the debate it generated how come a state run police force could equip a RSS associated religion outfit help pushed a damage control announcement by Police
The Director General of Police ordered the Superintendent of Police of all districts in Tamil Nadu to ban Friends of Police (FOP) for two months on Sunday.
It should be noted CB-CID IG Shankar said that they would be investigating the Friends of Police who were on duty on the day of the incident in the Sathankulam Police Station.
This announcement comes following a report and alleged audio talk which suspected that Friends of Police might have a role in the custodial deaths of Jayaraj and his son Bennicks.
It should be noted RSS initiated Sevabharathi started during 1989 .And Sevabharathi Role as Friends of Police has become the point of debate that causes embarrassment to Ruling establishments ADMK and BJP
It was also mentioned that the FOP would not be allowed to assist the Police or for patrolling. They will only be used for awareness campaigns.
Earlier, SP Jayakumar banned FOP in Thoothukudi. It was also banned in Madurai. Moreover, in Vilupuram, SP Radhakrishnan had announced that Friends of Police would be used only for social welfare
Still Social media activists question State Run ADMK and center Run BJP Government and State police what Social welfare means .. For which police forces doesn’t have a clarity to respond with .