HC admits plea to transfer spurious liquor probe to CBI

With the death toll in Kallakurichi hooch tragedy crossing 35 as of Thursday noon, AIADMK, the principal opposition party in Tamil Nadu has moved the Madras High Court, praying for a CBI probe into the shocking tragedy.

Advocates D Selvam and IS Inbadurai, belonging to the party, on Thursday mentioned the issue before the division bench of Justices D Krishnakumar and K Kumaresh Babu and requested the court to take up their petition for urgent hearing during the post-lunch session.

The bench, taking into account the seriousness of the issue, agreed to hear the matter, however, on Friday.

The advocates sought the court to order a CBI probe, alleging that there was a nexus between the sellers of illicit liquor and the members of the local civic body.

They said the current probe by the CB-CID of the State police may not unearth the truth behind the tragedy as the agency had not taken substantive action following a similar incident that occurred in Villupuram district last year.