The Madras high court, while hearing a case relating to film producer Madhan’s sudden ‘disappearance’, questioned the police that ‘despite a lapse of about 70 days, why is crime branch police unable to track Madhan missing since May 28, and why have the two key players in the case not been called for inquiry’.
“Why the Crime Branch in Tamil Nadu is unable to track down film producer Madhan, inspite of a lapse of 70 days since they were handed over the case?” asked a division bench comprising Justices S Nagamuthu and V Bharathidasan while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by Madhan s mother Thangam.
The court asked the investigating officer appointed by the court to handle the case, as to why two persons related to the case had not yet been called for questioning.
The judges rapped the officer asking why nothing could be done in spite of lapse of 70 days. Referring to one Rangabashyam, a key office-bearer of IJK party headed by SRM group founder Pachamuthu, and one Sukumar, personal assistant of Pachamuthu, the judges asked the officer why the two had not been called for questioning.
When the officer replied that Sukumar had already been questioned by Virugambakkam police, the bench hit back saying they handed over the case to crime branch officer only because the Virugambakkam inspector had not conducted the case well.
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 had allegedly acknowledged having collected several crore of rupees from parents and students aspiring for MBBS seats in SRM groups of institutions.