Court gives last chance to cops to trace missing producer Madhan

Court gives last chance to cops to trace missing producer Madhan

The Madras High Court has rapped the State police over its ‘shoddy probe’ into the voluntary disappearance of film producer Madhan of Vendhar movies.

Reiterating its earlier observation that the case had been given to the crime branch police around 70 days ago, the court asked the investigating officer why he had not interrogated T R Pachamuthu, the chairman of SRM Group of educational institutions, as yet.

“We see no development in the investigation. It is the last chance for Tamil Nadu Police and if no development is shown before the next date of hearing, we may be constrained to transfer it to an independent agency, which may not be desirable to police,” a division bench comprising Justices S Nagamuthu and V Bharathidasan said.

If we transfer the case, it will be a disgrace to the state police, the judges observed, making it clear that it would be the last chance for Tamil Nadu police to show some improvement in the probe.

When newly appointed public prosecutor of Tamil Nadu Rajarathinam appeared before the bench, the judges were caustic and expressed their dissatisfaction with the investigation process so far.

Madhan of Vendhar Movies was reported ‘missing’ since May 28, when he left Chennai leaving behind a ‘suicide note’ stating that he would kill himself in Varanasi.

He reportedly went missing after an alleged failed business transaction with the SRM group.