HC orders Central, State governments to ensure people’s security: The Madras High Court today gave four weeks time to the Central and State governments to file reply on why a law should not be passed to ensure the safety of the public.
A direction in this regard was issued by the bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan, which took suo motu cognizance of the issue based on a letter to the CJ by Justice N Kirubakaran.
Today’s development comes a day after the HC intervened in the issue. Appalled at the alleged statement made by the Chennai Commissioner of Police,T.K. Rajendran, as published in an English daily, that railway stations were out of the jurisdiction of the city police, and he had offered help to the railway police in investigating the murder, a Division Bench of the Madras High Court suo motu summoned the Public Prosecutor and sought a clarification.
The court also made clear that it would take sou motu action if the report was not found to be satisfactory, Also on Monday, the murder probe of Infosys employee S Swathi was transferred to Chennai Police today.
A Special team, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nungambakkam, K.P.S Devaraj, is now probing the case.
“The court will not tolerate and turn a blind eye towards such crimes,” the court remarked, adding that it is “painful to hear” that the accused has still not been apprehended.
The case been transferred to Tamil Nadu Police from the Government Railway Police. “Is there any difference between the Tamil Nadu Police department and the GRP in investigating the case?” the court asked.