Disciplinary action initiated against the then Collector over Thoothukudi firing: T.N. to HC

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday informed the Madras High Court that disciplinary and departmental action, including suspension from service, has been initiated against 21 officers, including an IAS officer and two IPS officers, in connection with the police firing on anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi in 2018.

The submission was made in a status report filed through Advocate General (AG) R Shunmugasundaram before a division bench of Justices J Nisha Banu and N Mala when a petition filed by human rights activist Henry Tiphane regarding the indiscriminate firing, which snuffed out the lives of 13 protesters, came up for hearing.

The departmental action has been initiated based on the recommendations of the Justice Aruna Jagadeesan commission report, the AG told the bench.

According to the report, “Disciplinary action has been initiated (against then district collector N Venkatesh) and charges have been framed under rule 10 of All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules through an order dated October 25, 2022.”