Thoothukudi Firing Should Be Probed By CBI: Madras HC

The Madras High Court has observed that the police firing during the recent anti-Sterlite protest in Thoothukudi was a fit case for CBI investigation.

Since the state police was involved, it is a fit case to be investigated by the CBI, Chief Justice Indira Banerjee observed when a PIL by an advocate came up for hearing before the first bench.

She was responding to the chief of the Makkal Arasu Katchi, advocate Rajinikanth’s petition. The petition sought for the policemen who had shot at the protesters to be booked for murder. It also requested the government to disclose the actual death toll in the shooting.

Apart from asking for Rs 1 crore ex-gratia for the family of the victims, his petition also requested the court to order for a Special Investigation Team with forensic experts to conduct inquiries into the shooting.

Earlier, Advocate-General Vijay Narayan said retired HC judge Aruna Jagadeesan had been nominated to probe the issue. The Bench directed the State to file its counter and the petitioner to file a rejoinder, if any, and posted the matter to July 6.

The district administration has begun preliminary works of removing sulphuric acid from the Sterlite Copper premises. This follows a complaint on a minor leakage at storage tanks of the solution. District collector Sandeep Nanduri said that removal of acid was being done on a war-footing.